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July 4th Trivia Quiz

by James M. Lindsay
July 3, 2013

Fireworks light up the sky over Washington, seen from the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Virginia (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Fireworks light up the sky over Washington, seen from the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Virginia (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

Tomorrow is July 4th. It’s my favorite holiday: it celebrates a great historical event, hot dogs are the food of the day, and I don’t have to buy anyone a present. To celebrate the holiday, I am offering up the annual TWE July 4th trivia quiz, which began in 2011 and was repeated again in 2012. Below you will find thirteen new questions in honor of the original thirteen colonies that threw 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) July 4, 1776 is the day that the Second Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. But no one actually signed the document that day. When did most members of the Continental Congress actually sign the Declaration?

a) July 2, 1776
b) July 6, 1776
c) August 2, 1776
d) October 8, 1777

2) Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?

a)  Samuel Chase
b)  John Adams
c)  Benjamin Franklin
d) John Hancock

3) Who was the youngest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?

a) Thomas Jefferson
b) Richard Stockton
c) John Hancock
d) Edward Rutledge

4) Who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence to die?

a) Benjamin Franklin
b) Roger Sherman
c) George Read
d) John Morton

5) Who was the last signer of the Declaration of Independence to die?

a) Samuel Adams
b) Charles Carroll of Carrollton
c)  John Witherspoon
d)  Robert Morris

6) Which colony had the most delegates sign the declaration?

a) Pennsylvania
b) New York
c) South Carolina
d) Virginia

7) Which American city refused to celebrate the Fourth of July from 1863 until 1945?

a) Vicksburg, Mississippi
b) Atlanta, Georgia
c) Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
d) Richmond, Virginia

8) Which state emancipated its slaves on July 4, 1827?

a) Pennsylvania
b) New Hampshire
c) Ohio
d) New York

9) The first face on Mount Rushmore was unveiled to the public on July 4, 1930. Which president’s face was it?

a) George Washington
b) Thomas Jefferson
c) Abraham Lincoln
d) Teddy Roosevelt

10) Which country claims the largest Fourth of July celebration outside of the United States?

a) Canada
b) the United Kingdom
c) Denmark
d) South Korea

11) What country besides the United States gained its independence on July 4?

a) Canada
b) Brazil
c) The Philippines
d) Australia

12) How many pitchers in Major League Baseball history have thrown a no-hitter on the Fourth of July?

a) 0
b) 1
c) 2
d) 3

13) Roughly how many hot dogs are consumed every year on the Fourth of July?

a) 17 million
b) 32 million
c) 150 million
d) 230 million

If you have your own July 4th trivia questions, please post them in the comments section so everyone can take a crack at answering. I hope that you all get to eat a hot dog (all beef, chicken, or soy), attend a parade, play some catch, and watch fireworks on the Fourth. Kick back, push the bad news aside, and enjoy the holiday!

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