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How Much Do You Know About the Fourth of July?

Take our America's birthday quiz and find out


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Question 1 of 10

What historical event do Americans celebrate on the Fourth of July?

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a motion by Virginia to separate from Great Britain. Two days later the declaration proclaiming the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king was formally adopted by 12 Colonies.

Question 2 of 10

Which president first held a Fourth of July celebration at the White House?

Though John Adams was the first president to occupy the White House, it was Thomas Jefferson who, on July 4, 1801, opened the Executive Mansion to diplomats, civil and military officers, and Cherokee chiefs. The Marine band performed “The President’s March” (later retitled “Hail, Columbia”) and other patriotic tunes.

Question 3 of 10

Which newspaper first printed the Declaration of Independence?

After John Dunlap of Philadelphia printed copies of the declaration for the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, printers throughout the Colonies produced their own versions. The one from The Pennsylvania Evening Post came out on July 6, 1776.

Question 4 of 10

Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?

Hancock signed first as president of the Continental Congress. His famous signature is the largest on the document.

Question 5 of 10

Which state had the largest number of Declaration of Independence signers?

Nine Pennsylvanians signed the declaration, followed by Virginia with seven and Massachusetts and New Jersey with five each.

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Question 6 of 10

Which U.S. president was born on Independence Day?

The 30th president was born on July 4, 1872, in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. He’s the only president born on Independence Day.

Question 7 of 10

Which two U.S. presidents died on July 4 in the same year?

Jefferson and Adams died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. Jefferson was 83; Adams was 90.

Question 8 of 10

Which of the following was not one of the original 13 American Colonies?

The other 10 were Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia. The Colonies became the first 13 states. Vermont became the 14th on March 4, 1791.

Question 9 of 10

True or false? The Declaration of Independence was sent to Fort Knox (Kentucky) for safekeeping during World War II.

The Constitution also was sent there. Both were returned to Washington in September 1944.

Question 10 of 10

This brand holds a nationally known hot dog eating contest on Coney Island in New York City every July 4.

Nathan’s Famous says about 35,000 people watch the contest in person, and millions more watch televised coverage on ESPN.

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