It’s time for some July 4 trivia

It’s time for some July 4 trivia

Get into the patriotic spirit, take our quiz, and then wow your friends with your knowledge of Fourth of July trivia. (answers at the bottom of this article)

1. What day did America gain its independence from Great Britain?
July 4, 1776
August 2, 1776
July 2, 1776
June 11, 1776

2. What day did Congress adopt the Declaration of Independence?
July 8, 1776
July 4, 1776
July 19, 1776
August 2, 1776

3. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?
56
72
28
68

4. Only two individuals signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, John Hancock was the first person to sign, who was the second?
Charles Thompson
Benjamin Franklin
George Washington
Thomas Jenifer

5. What are the first words of the Declaration of Independence?
We hold these truths to be self-evident …
The history of the present King of Great Britain …
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies …
When in the course of human events …

6. Independence Day fell on a Sunday, so it was once celebrated on Monday, July 5 in what year?
1927
1801
1834
1779

7. There are some copies of the Declaration of Independence with a woman’s signature on it, who was it?
Abigail Adams
Martha Washington
Sarah Franklin Bache
Mary Katherine Goddard

8. What year did Nathan’s Famous 4th of July hot dog eating contest begin?
1973
1944
1916
1927

9. How many people lived in America on July 4, 1776?
785,000
1.25 million
2.5 million
5 million

10. Independence Day was first celebrated in what city?

Philadelphia
Washington, DC
Boston
New York City

11. Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
Alexander Hamilton
Benjamin Franklin
William Blount
Edward Rutledge

12. Only one U.S. president was born on July 4, who was it?
Thomas Jefferson
Calvin Coolidge
Jimmy Carter
William McKinley

13. What U.S. president or presidents died on July 4?
Woodrow Wilson
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Monroe (answer — Jefferson and Adams both died in 1826 and Monroe died in 1831)
Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt

Answers key:

  1. July 2, 1776
  2. July 4, 1776
  3. 56
  4. Charles Thompson
  5. When in the course of human events…
  6. 1779
  7. Mary Katherine (She was not an official signer but the printer and publisher added her name after she was hired by Congress to print copies on the Declaration of Independence)
  8. 1916
  9. 2.5 million
  10. Philadelphia
  11. Benjamin Franklin
  12. Calvin Coolidge 
  13. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe (Jefferson and Adams both died in 1826 and Monroe died in 1831)
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