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.
Los Angeles Times: Hollywood looking forward to First Lady Whitmore’s visit this week.— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) June 28, 2020
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).
The Orange County Dispatch has named President Whitmore one of the ten sexiest men of the year! The full list, including Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, and others in the HOT July 2 edition.— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) June 30, 2020
And then, this is where it all starts. There’s been a radio signal.
There's some buzz that the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Institute in New Mexico discovered a radio signal from another world earlier this evening or morning - whatever you want to call it. Take it with a grain of salt, we've had plenty of false alarms before.— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 2, 2020
This report from SETI is claiming that this signal is about 375,000 km from the moon. These nerds are crazy.— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 2, 2020
It’s all downhill from here.
Residents of New York City have awakened to partial disruption of television and radio signal. We can only speculate whether this is related to the unidentified object near the moon.— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 2, 2020
WE ARE NOT ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE!!— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 2, 2020
Pardon our language, but HOLY SHIT!
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.”
A spaceship has now appeared over New York City. 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.— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 2, 2020
Fox 11 in L.A. is advising residents in and around Los Angeles County to check for gas leaks, avoid downed power lines, avoid travel if possible, cooperate with authorities, and stay off the phones. Do they think this is an earthquake or an alien invasion??— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 2, 2020
Yup. It’s true. Aliens exist.
POTUS: "The question of whether we are alone in the universe has been answered."— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 2, 2020
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.”
It is believed that the American fleet has run out of ammunition. This may be the end.— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 4, 2020
The final U.S. missile has malfunctioned. The alien ship is still fully operational.— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 4, 2020
But then a pilot (Russell Casse from the movie) flies into the alien ship and destroys it, saving the world. A true American.
AN AMERICAN PILOT HAS FLOWN INTO THE MOUTH OF THE ALIEN SHIP WITH AN ACTIVE MISSILE AND TRIGGERED A MASSIVE EXPLOSION!!— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 4, 2020
CONFIRMED: THE ALIEN SPACECRAFT OVER NEVADA HAS BEEN DESTROYED!— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 4, 2020
Mr. Casse had told friends that he had been abducted by aliens over ten years ago, but nobody believed him. Today, he is a hero to humanity. Russell Casse is survived by his three children, Miguel, Alicia, and Troy. They can certainly be proud of their father.— ID4 in Real Time (@1996ID4) July 4, 2020
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.
Where to watch or stream Independence Day.
Currently, you can stream Independence Day on Hulu with a Live TV account, or rent it on Amazon Prime for $3.99. It wouldn’t be American if it was just readily available to stream for free, right?
Happy Independence Day!