5 best shows on Netflix for July 4th weekend 2021

WYNONNA EARP -- "Afraid" Episode 404 -- Pictured: Melanie Scrofano as Wynonna Earp -- (Photo by: Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Productions, Inc./SYFY)
WYNONNA EARP -- "Afraid" Episode 404 -- Pictured: Melanie Scrofano as Wynonna Earp -- (Photo by: Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Productions, Inc./SYFY) /

Welcome to the first weekend of July 2021. This weekend, those of us in the US will celebrate Independence Day. Once July hits, we all know summer is in full swing, and with all the outdoor activities also comes time for relaxation. This July 4th, be sure to check out Netflix for all the best shows!

Netflix is cranking out some amazing new movies and shows in July. Additionally, there are many summer-themed features to choose from. We have lists of the best beach-themed movies and shows, the top summer romances, and so much more.

Currently, Manifest, Too Hot to Handle and Sex/Life are in the top three spots on the Netflix Top 10. Sweet Tooth is still holding strong on the list and has for many weeks, be sure to check that one out if you haven’t.

We shared five good Netflix shows for your July 4th weekend.

Best shows on Netflix

1. Sophie: A Murder In West Cork 

This week, a three-part docuseries called Sophie: A Murder In West Cork debuted on Netflix. The series has the unsolved murder of French television producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier as its subject.

In the small town of Schull, located in the West Cork Region of Ireland, du Plantier would escape from the spotlight of being married to the famous producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier. Schull is a small quiet town where murders just don’t happen.

The series was developed with the cooperation of du Plantier’s family and interviews many residents of Schull during the time of the murder. Investigative journalist Ian Bailey was narrowed down as the prime suspect but to this day maintains his innocence.

If you are a fan of true crime, be sure to give this a look. It is a short, concise look into this mysterious death.

2. The Bureau of Magical Things

The Australian series The Bureau of Magical Things originally aired in 2018 and has released this week on Netflix. Season 1 of the series consists of 20 episodes, all of which are available on the streamer.

Kyra discovers a magical book one evening while on a run. After that, her life will never be the same. By touching the book, she opened herself up to a world of fairies and other magical creatures. With that single touch, she was transformed into a tri-ling; part human, part fairy, and part elf.

When Kyra uncovers a threat that will affect the human and magic worlds, who until now happily co-existed, she will need to unite them both to save them.

This is a great, fun for the whole family series.

3. Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp

The second installment of the Wet Hot American Summer franchise, First Day of Camp, is a prequel series to the original film. Many of the film cast from 2001 have gone on to amazing careers but returned for the prequel series, playing younger versions of their original roles.

Returning cast members include Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Molly Shannon. With many new additions to the cast for the series.

This series is your typical parody of a teen sex comedy that has garnered a cult following. The overall franchise consists of the original film, the prequel series and a Ten Years Later series, featuring the group 10 years after the original film. Ten Years Later is also available on Netflix.

The film takes place in 1981 at the summer camp called Camp Firewood on the final day of camp. First Day of Camp, as the title implies, is the first day of camp in the same year. The series shows a company dumping toxic waste on the camps grounds, sex, romance, a rival camp and an Electro City musical production by the counselors.

If you need a fun way to relax, this comedy will fit the bill.

4. The Movies that Made Us 

The Movies That Made Us is a documentary chronicling popular movies of the ’80s and ’90s that are an integral part of pop culture and the stories about creating these films.

The first season was released in 2019 and focused on four major films, Dirty Dancing, Home Alone, Ghostbusters, and Die Hard. All of these films have influenced our culture, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of at least one of these films.

The documentary interviews cast and crew and talks of the highs and lows of making the films. It is a great look into the behind-the-scenes goings-on of some majorly influential movies.

The series spawned a second season featuring holiday movies with two episodes that focused on Elf and The Nightmare Before Christmas. A third season will release on Netflix on July 21, but there has been no information regarding what films will be featured. The original series The Toys That Made Us, currently in its third season, is also available on Netflix.

5. Wynonna Earp 

The fourth and final season of SyFy’s series Wynonna Earp will release on July 26, giving you plenty of time to watch or rewatch the series before the new one releases.

The series follows the story of Wynonna Earp, the great-great-granddaughter of the famous Wyatt Earp. Earp lives in her hometown of Purgatory, where she battles revenants who are the reincarnated outlaws that her grandfather killed back in his days as a lawman. On her 27th birthday, she acquires the ability to kill and send the revenants back to hell.

The series is classified as a supernatural horror western and is based on a comic book series by Beau Smith. Critics and fans rave about this series.

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