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A live recording of “Hamilton,” the acclaimed Broadway musical from the writer and its star Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the director Thomas Kail, arrives on Disney Plus on Friday.

Or “1776,” a 1972 movie that is also based on a musical, follows the debates at the Second Continental Congress that led to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. (Mr. Miranda has said that “1776” paved the way for “Hamilton.”) Stream it free on Pluto TV, or rent or buy it on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu or YouTube. It will also air on July 4 on TCM at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

“Drums Along the Mohawk,” a 1939 adventure based on the novel of the same name, follows a young settler couple (played by Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert) on the frontier in central New York during the American Revolution. The movie was nominated for two Oscars. Rent or buy it on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu or YouTube.

For the past 50 years, the National Archives in Washington has hosted a reading ceremony of the Declaration on its museum’s steps. This year, the event is moving to its website and Facebook page. The reading starts at 4 p.m. Eastern and is hosted by the broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien. Another tradition continues on NPR: Reporters, hosts, newscasters and commentators will perform their own reading of the Declaration, which will air on “Morning Edition” on Friday at 6:10 a.m. Eastern.

If all this time at home has helped you find your inner chef, consider trying a New York Times Fourth of July recipe, like gochujang barbecue ribs with peanuts and scallions or lemon potato salad with mint.

Or invite your children to help you prepare some classic patriotic treats. Think of red, white and blue ingredients, like marshmallows, whipped cream, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, jam or colored candy. Of course, the simplest approach never fails: Bake your choice of dessert, hand over some red, white and blue frosting or sprinkles, and let your little ones go crazy.


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