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Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, the declaration proclaiming the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain was formally adopted by the collonies. Two days earlier, the Continental Congress voted to approve a motion by Virginia to separate from Great Britain.

Quiz Questions

  1. The use of fireworks on July 4 dates back to which year: 1777, 1857, or 1907?
  2. Which New York City building stands at 1,776 feet high in tribute to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed?
  3. Who is considered the primary author of the Declaration of Independence?
  4. On every Fourth of July, children who are descendants of Declaration signers symbolically tap what bell 13 times?

  5. What phrase was coined by Senator Warren G. Harding in 1916 to describe the group of leaders who united the Colonies and led the war for independence?
  6. True or false. George Washington did not sign the Declaration of Independence?
  7. True or false. The estimated number of people living in the 13 colonies on July 4, 1776 was 12.5 million?
  8. In a meeting in which present-day city was the Declaration of Independence signed?
  9. Which U.S. president was born on Independence Day in 1872?
  10. Who is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence?
  11. On July 4, 1960, which state joined the Union?
  12. What was designed by sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi just in time for the centennial celebration?
  13. Which English king was on the throne at the time of the Declaration?
  14. Which two presidents died on the very same day, on 4 July, 1826?
  15. Which president was the first to hold a Fourth of July celebration at the White House?
  16. Congress officially declared its independence from Britain on July 2nd, in which year?
  17. How many colonies took part in signing the Declaration of Independence?
  18. Which business has sponsored New York City's annual Fourth of July fireworks display since 1976?
  19. Which signer of the United States Declaration of Independence also invented the lightning rod and bifocals?
  20. On July 4th, 1946, which country ironically signed a treaty giving it independence from the United States?
  21. Which food item is particularly associated with America’s July 4th holiday? Roughly 150 million are eaten on this date.


  1. 1777
  2. One World Trade Center
  3. Thomas Jefferson
  4. The Liberty Bell
  5. Founding Fathers
  6. True (Washington and his forces were in New York)
  7. False. It was 2.5 million.
  8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  9. Calvin Coolidge
  10. John Hancock
  11. Hawaii (which became the 50th state)
  12. Statue of Liberty
  13. King George III

  14. President John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
  15. Thomas Jefferson (on July 4, 1801)
  16. 1776
  17. Thirteen colonies
  18. Macy's (an American chain of department stores)
  19. Benjamin Franklin
  20. Philippines
  21. Hot dogs