Independence Day: 10 Easter Eggs You Didn't Notice

"Today... we celebrate... our Independence Day!"

Independence Day Everybody likes Independence Day, because Independence Day is a movie about Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum teaming up to save the world from alien destruction. Yes, what is essentially Roland Emmerich's best and most ludicrously entertaining filmmaking venture has a sort of eternal appeal, despite being very dumb, very '90s, and very, very ridiculous - it's just too hard to hate on a premise as deliciously enticing as the one inherent to this flick, after all. Given that today is actually Independence Day, then, what better way to celebrate such an important and integral US holiday than to take a look back at what really matters: Will Smith having a fist fight with an alien and then smoking a cigar to celebrate his victory. Here we've assembled 10 amazing easter eggs/slices of trivia/cool references from the wonder that is Independence Day - eggs that you might not have noticed on your eight, ninth or twenty-seventh viewing of this '90s classic (or some awesome ones that just need to be alluded to again, to be honest). How many of these little inclusions did you already know, then? And don't forget that Roland Emmerich's seminal (that's right: seminal) is 17 years old today (well, two days ago). Happy Independence Day, ya'll!

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.