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July 4th Trivia Quiz

by James M. Lindsay
July 3, 2012

Fireworks light up the sky above the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument during last year's Fourth of July celebrations. (Hyungwon Kang/courtesy Reuters) Fireworks light up the sky above the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument during last year's Fourth of July celebrations. (Hyungwon Kang/courtesy Reuters)

Tomorrow is July 4th, which means that it’s time for the annual TWE July 4th trivia quiz. Below you will find thirteen new questions in honor of the original thirteen colonies that dared to throw off the yoke of British tyranny. Google away for the answers if you wish. Or you can wait until I post the answers tomorrow. Either way, have a fun and safe Fourth of July!

1. Which state was the first to make July 4th an official holiday?

a. Connecticut

b. Delaware

c. Massachusetts

d. South Carolina

2. Whose signature on the Declaration of Independence is the largest?

a. John Adams

b. John Hancock

c. Thomas Jefferson

d. George Washington

3. Joey Chestnut goes for his sixth straight Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest championship tomorrow. The contest, which takes place in Coney Island, New York and will be broadcast live on ESPN, has been held every year on July 4th since when?

a. 1899

b. 1916

c. 1945

d. 1974

4. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a landmark piece of legislation on July 4, 1966. What was it?

a. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

b. The Voting Rights Act

c. The War Powers Resolution

d. Freedom of Information Act

5. The Census Bureau estimates that the population of the United States today is 313.9 million. Approximately how many people were living in the thirteen American colonies on July 4, 1776?

a. 500,000

b. 750,000

c. 2.5 Million

d. 14 Million

6. When did July 4th become a paid federal holiday throughout the United States?

a. July 4, 1789

b. December 2, 1853

c. January 14, 1941

d. October 14, 1972

7. Which country, other than the United States, purchases the most American flags?

a. Canada

b. China

c. Mexico

d. United Kingdom

8. Which actor earned his first Academy Award nomination for playing the lead role in the movie Born on the Fourth of July?

a. Tom Cruise

b. Morgan Freeman

c. Jimmy Stewart

d. Bruce Willis

9. Which country manufactures the vast majority of the fireworks that Americans will use to celebrate the Fourth of July?

a. Canada

b. China

c. Mexico

d. Singapore

10. Which current resident of the White House was born on July 4th?

a. Barack Obama

b. Michelle Obama

c. Malia Obama

d. Sasha Obama

11. Who proposed the original resolution of independence at the Second Continental Congress?

a. Benjamin Franklin

b. John Hancock

c. Richard Henry Lee

d. Thomas Jefferson

12. What song, written by Samuel Francis Smith, debuted on July 4, 1831 and was regarded by many Americans as the de facto national anthem until Congress made the Star Spangled banner the official national anthem in 1931?

a. “This Land is Your Land”

b. “God Bless America”

c. “America the Beautiful”

d. “My Country Tis of Thee”

13. If you are a fan of the New York Yankees you know that long-time Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was born on July 4th. Who is the only current owner of a Major League Baseball team who was born on July 4th?

a. Peter Angelos, owner of the Baltimore Orioles

b. Larry Baer, owner of the San Francisco Giants

c. William O. DeWitt, Jr, managing partner of the St. Louis Cardinals

d. John William Henry II, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox

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