And you can remember it too with this new video recap of that very violent war, which reminds us of how close we came to losing a megastar like Will Smith at the prime of his life. Only to have him mysteriously disappear anyway.
Click here to watch the video, which features a lot of the new cast talking about the events of 1996 as though they were real.
There's nothing wrong with this kind of world building, especially when your blockbuster property has pretty much been out of people's minds for most of two decades. Young folks can learn about stirring speeches by Bill Pullman and will also be reminded of who the heck that guy with the beard is.
New leading man Liam (Thor is my brother) Hemsworth is here, alongside Jessie (Will Smith didn't want to return) Usher and the always fun Jeff Goldblum. Will anyone care when Independence Day Resurgence? Well that remains to be seen, but all the evidence so far points to a fun time at the cinema.
The new film is in cinemas on the 23rd of June 2016.