What to watch this July Fourth weekend on Disney+, Netflix, and more

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Between traditional television, video-on-demand releases, and a growing number of streaming services, it can be hard to keep up with what one should watch week to week. Fortune is here to help you keep track of new releases as well as the occasional older title worth checking out. Take a look at the long weekend’s notable arrivals, a couple you may have missed earlier in the week, and what else is coming soon:


The filmed version of “Hamilton” comes to Disney+ on July 3.

Hamilton: The hit musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton arrives on Disney+ July 3, forgoing the theatrical release originally planned for 2021. (Note: Disney+ recently shut down its free trial, so you will need to be a paid subscriber to watch.)


“The Baby-Sitters Club,” based on the bestselling book series, follows the friendship and adventures of middle-schoolers who start a babysitting business.
Kailey Schweren—Netflix

The Baby-Sitters Club: The newest adaptation of the popular book series by Ann M. Martin arrives on the streamer July 3. The first season draws inspiration from the early books, and the series “actually allows the girls to have personalities,” according to this EW review.

Cable Girls: The second part of this Spanish period drama’s final season arrives on Netflix July 3.

JU-ON: Origins: The long-running Japanese horror franchise, known as The Grudge in American adaptations, will now be a series on Netflix, available July 3—and it’s probably not one for the faint of heart.

Desperados: This new Netflix movie, arriving July 3, is almost something of a mini New Girl reunion thanks to actors Nasim Pedrad and Lamorne Morris. A summary? A young woman (Pedrad) and her best friends (Anna Camp and Sarah Burns) fly to Mexico, while on a mission to delete an angry email she sent to her new boyfriend. When they arrive, they run into her ex (Morris), who also gets caught up in the whole affair.

Earlier this week, George Lopez’s special We’ll Do It for Half arrived on the streaming service.

Amazon Prime Video

From left: Yasmin Monet Prince as Clara, Esmé Creed-Miles as Hanna, Áine Rose Daly as Sandy, and Gianna Kiehl as Jules in “Hanna” season two on Amazon Prime Video.
Christopher Raphael—Amazon Prime Video

Hanna: The second season of the series, based on the 2011 action thriller film of the same name, arrives on Amazon on July 3.


PBS will air A Capitol Fourth at 8 p.m. ET on July 4. The show, hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams, will feature pre-taped concert performances by artists including Patti LaBelle, John Fogerty, the Temptations, and more, alongside fireworks from Washington, D.C. The program will also be available to listen to on NPR member stations throughout the country, will stream on Facebook, YouTube, and the PBS website, and can be watched on-demand through July 18.

Outcry, a five-part documentary series that examines the case of Texas high school football star Greg Kelley—who was exonerated in a child sexual assault case—premieres July 5 on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET.

Earlier this week, documentary Welcome to Chechnya debuted on HBO.


John Lewis in “John Lewis: Good Trouble” a documentary that chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic representative from Georgia.
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The Outpost: This adaptation of Jake Tapper’s book about U.S. soldiers who battled a Taliban attack will be released in select theaters and on VOD July 3. The film stars Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood, and Caleb Landry Jones.

John Lewis: Good Trouble: The civil rights icon and congressman is at the center of this documentary, available on demand July 3, at a time that “couldn’t be any more ideal,” as Variety says.

Coming soon

Walter Mercado—the iconic, gender-nonconforming astrologer—is the subject of Netflix’s “Mucho Mucho Amor: the Legend of Walter Mercado.”

Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado focuses on the famed astrologer, what he meant to Latin American immigrants, and why he stepped away from the public eye. It comes to Netflix on July 8.

Close Enough, an adult animated series from JG Quintel (Regular Show), arrives on HBO Max on July 9.

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