Here's Your TV Guide To Independence Day

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Whether you’re hosting a big barbecue with friends and family or staying at home this July 4th, there will be plenty of television shows and films honouring the red, white and blue. We flipped through TV Guide listings to see just how patriotic television’s line-up will be tomorrow.

While some screenings make sense—”Stars and Stripes Forever” and the ubiquitous “Patriot—others have us scratching our heads. (ABC Family will host a 12-hour marathon of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” while AMC will air “Coach Carter” in the morning.)

Here are the patriotic films and shows airing this Independence Day. 

Left off the television schedule:

'Amistad' (1997):* Matthew McConaughey and Morgan Freeman star in the film about an 1839 uprising aboard a slave ship travelling to America.

'Born on the Fourth of July' (1989): Tom Cruise stars in the biography of Ron Kovic, an anti-war, pro-human political activist who feels betrayed by his country.

'The American President' (1995): This has absolutely nothing to do with a war; rather, the dramedy follows a widowed US president (Michael Douglas), who falls for a lobbyist (Annette Bening).

'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (1939): Oscar-winning film about Hubert Hopper filling the US senate vacancy of newly deceased senator Sam Foley.

'Valley Forge' (1975): This TV film chronicles George Washington's struggle to hold his army together during the Revolutionary War.

And, for fun:

'Mars Attacks' (1996): Jack Nicholson plays the president in the action comedy where aliens invade Earth.

'National Treasure' (2004): The Disney film follows historian Benjamin Gates (Nicholas Cage) as he goes on the hunt for a treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States.

*Amistad will be airing 3:10 p.m. Thursday, July 5 on HBO 2.

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