Test Your Knowledge! If you think the Fourth of July celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, you’d be wrong – along with most other Americans. July 4th is actually the day the document was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. Delve into our history and you’ll find all kinds of interesting facts and trivia you can use to impress guests at your next summer barbecue. See how much you know. Scoring’s at the bottom.
1. Independence Day was first observed in what year? a. 1776 b. 1826 c. 1903
2. The completion of the signing of the Declaration of Independence occurred in which month? a. July b. August c. September
3. Independence Day officially became a federal holiday in what year? a. 1776 b. 1870 c. 1941
4. How many signatures are on the Declaration of Independence? a. 43 b. 56 c. 68
5. The first public reading of the Declaration occurred in which city? a. Philadelphia b. Boston c. Washington, D.C.
6. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, signers of the document, died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826. a. True b. False
7. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird. a. True b. False
8. Who was the first person to sign the Declaration? a. Thomas Jefferson b. John Adams c. John Hancock
9. What was the estimated population of the United States in 1776? a. 8.5 million b. 5.5 million c. 2.5 million
10. From which country was the United States seeking independence? a. France b. Great Britain c. Spain
So, how did you do?
Answers: 1a, 2b, 3c, 4b, 5a, 6a, 7a, 8c, 9c, 10b
Scoring 10+ – You need to be writing history books! 8-9 - Solid knowledge. 6-7 – Room for improvement. 5 or less – Time to crack open your old high school textbook.
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