If Fourth of July feels weird and different to you this year, you’re absolutely right. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic and in the last month alone we’ve witnessed unspeakable violence toward the Black community that goes to show not everyone can experience freedom in equal ways in the U.S. To match that mood, a Twitter user @1996ID4 has been tweeting events from the apocalyptic 1996 July 4th movie, Independence Day as though they’re happening right now. 

Why Will Smith’s Independence Day?

Even though Independence Day (starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman) is a movie about an alien invasion that takes place on the Fourth of July, it still feels apt in some ways. Which is why it makes sense someone is tweeting the “updated version” of the movie.

Although the account started tweeting the movie on June 28 of this year, the account has actually commemorated the movie before. This account is truly dedicated to the masterpiece that is Independence Day.

Not without a little flare, of course. Like that President Whitmore has been named one of the “sexiest men of the year” (along with Denzel Washington and Richard Gere).

And then, this is where it all starts. There’s been a radio signal.

It’s all downhill from here.

Like when a spaceship appears over NYC. “Its shadow has sent Central Park and midtown Manhattan into an eerie veil of dusk in the middle of the afternoon. Countless fender benders have ground typical borough traffic to a halt.”

Yup. It’s true. Aliens exist.

Of course LA would have a “welcome party” for the aliens.

As of today, July 4, it at first seemed like all was lost. “It is believed that the American fleet has run out of ammunition. This may be the end.”

But then a pilot (Russell Casse from the movie) flies into the alien ship and destroys it, saving the world. A true American.

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Source: 20th Century Fox

The account has kept tweeting all morning long, so you can most likely keep following along for entertaining updates. Especially if you’ve got nothing else going on today. You could also actually watch Independence Day.




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