As the fireworks burst and abound in the night sky, U.S. Americans revel in the merriment of the 4th of July with hotdogs and laughter. Amidst all this excitement, do you remember the historical roots of our Independence Day? Use this quiz to test your American mettle as you prepare for the holiday weekend.
1. True or False: Fun facts about U.S. July 4 celebrations:
A) Approximately $211 million is spent on fireworks annually.
B) An estimated 74 million people enjoy a July 4 cookout.
C) Over 150 million hotdogs are eaten at U.S. July 4 celebrations.
2. What date did the Second Continental Congress finish signing the Declaration of Independence?
A) June 1, 1776
B) August 2, 1776
C) July 4, 1776
3. What was the primary reason the U.S. declared Independence from Britain?
A) Poor quality British tea shipped to the U.S.
B) Taxation without representation
C) Freedom from government rule
4. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?
5. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A) Boston, Massachusetts
B) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
C) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6. How was Independence Day was first celebrated?
A) On July 4, 1776 the Liberty Bell rang from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA gathering folks for roasted turkey and venison.
B) On July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA gathering folks for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
C) On July 4, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA gathering folks for fireworks and hot dogs.
7. When are new stars added to the U.S. American flag?
A) On July 4 following an Order of Congress.
B) On July 4 following the admission of new states to the Union.
C) On January 1 following the admission of new states to the Union.
8. On June 1, 1776 who proposed Lee’s Resolution, declaring U.S. independence from Great Britain?
A) Richard Henry Lee
B) John Hancock
C) Thomas Jefferson
D) John Adams
E) James Madison
9) True or False: Fun Facts about America, Independence, Freedom, Patriot & Liberty:
A) 30 U.S. locations include the word liberty; highest population is Liberty, Missouri.
B) 11 U.S. places include the word independence. Independence, Missouri is the most populated.
C) 5 locations use freedom with Freedom, CA, having the largest population.
D) 1 place is named patriot, in Patriot, Indiana.
E) 5 locations have America; the largest is American Fork, Utah.
10. Who made the first American Flag?
A) Francis Scott Key
B) Betsy Ross
C) Abigail Adams
D) Clara Barton
11. Which 4 Presidents are featured on Mt. Rushmore?
Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Lyndon Johnson Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Andrew Jackson.
12. Who was first to sign the Declaration of Independence?
A) Thomas Jefferson
B) Benjamin Franklin
C) John Hancock
D) Samuel Adams
13. Which of these was not one of the original 13 colonies:
Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Georgia, Connecticut, South Carolina, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island
Do you bleed red, white and blue? How'd you do? Quiz and share with your friends and family while you celebrate our great U.S. history this Fourth of July Day Weekend. Happy Independence Day!
Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural consultant, an international protocol expert and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. She is accredited in intercultural management, is the resident etiquette expert for CBS KEYE We Are Austin, popular on-air contributor, regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, Inc., The New York Times, The Vancouver Sun, and numerous other media. She is the best-selling, international award-winning author of Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, named to Kirkus Review’s Best Books of 2015.