Friday fun: Independence Day edition

With Monday being Independence Day, how much do you know about it? Below is a little quiz that’s making the rounds via email.

1. The Declaration of Independence begins with what words?

2. What document was the legal framework of the United States?

3. Who wrote the words of the Star Spangled Banner?

4. How did the Liberty Bell get its crack?

5. How many stars were on the first United States flag?

6. In what year did Congress recognize the Pledge of Allegiance?

7. Where was the first national capitol located?

8. When is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?

9. What city was the Liberty Bell located in?

10. What is the official anniversary date of Flag Day?

11. Which two patriots died on July 4, 1826?

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

13. In July 1776, how many people were living in the colonies?

14. Who do historians believe sewed the first official American flag?

15. Flying a flag upside down is a symbol of what?

16. What is the name of the oldest commissioned U.S. naval vessel?

17. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are familiarly known as?

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

19. Who wrote We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal?

20. Where did immigrants first set foot in the New World to gain entry?

21. Life, liberty, and ______________________________?

22. What do the colors red, white, and blue stand for?

23. True/False: The signing of the Declaration of Independence took until August 2, 1776. 24. Will Smith starred in this 4th of July movie named?

25. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776?

26. In what state is the largest city of Independence?

27. How many people annually visit the Liberty Bell?

28. How tall is the Statue of Liberty?

29. When the Liberty bell was cast, how much did it weigh?

Leave your answers in the comments. I’ll post the real answers later.


7 thoughts on “Friday fun: Independence Day edition

  1. I lecture in American politics so I can do about 20 of these off the top of my head but I’ve got no idea on the more technical ones e.g. how tall is the statue of liberty.

    How about these for two additional questions that my American politics students always get wrong?

    How many Presidents of the USA have their been?
    How many years can someone serve as President of the USA?

  2. 20. Seems kind of tricky, depending on how you read the question, the answer could be Ellis Island or Jamestown.

  3. The answers:

    1. ¨When in the course of human events…”
    2. The Constitution
    3. Francis Scott Key
    4. The bell cracked on the very first ring
    5. The flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes
    6. 1942
    7. Carpenter’s Hall, Philadelphia, PA
    8. July 4, 1776
    9. Philadelphia
    10. June 14
    11. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
    12. John Hancock
    13. 2.5 million
    14. Betsy Ross
    15. Distress and harm to you and your possessions
    16. The Constitution
    17. The Bill of Rights
    18. John Hancock
    19. Thomas Jefferson
    20. Ellis Island
    21. The pursuit of happiness
    22. White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness and valor, and Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.
    23. True
    24. Independence Day
    25. Two
    26. Missouri
    27. 1.5 million
    28. 151 feet
    29. 2080

    So how did you do?

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