Ah, the Fourth of July in the patriotic state of Virginia. It’s that magical time of year when 40-year-olds in cutoff jeans and undersized tank tops brawl at the local 7-11 store over the last bag of ice as well as the last Slim Jims package. It’s a time for traffic snarls at the local tunnels that make you wish you were sitting back on your couch binging a Netflix marathon. It’s a time for suntan lotions and sunglasses and sun-kissed days at the beaches and theme parks. Anyway, how much do you really know about the Independence Day holiday? Good luck!
Try to solve without Googling first.
Spoiler Alert – Answers are at bottom of page.
1) Who actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776?
a) Some guy named Charles Thompson
b) John Hancock
c) Both Charles Thompson and John Hancock
d) All 56 men who signed did so on July 4, 1776
e) None of the 56 men who signed did so on July 4, 1776
2) Which U.S. president did not die on July 4th?
a) John Adams
b) Thomas Jefferson
c) James Madison
d) James Monroe
3) True or False – Hurricane Arthur struck the Outer Banks of North Carolina and then passed through Hampton Roads, Virginia
during the July 4th weekend celebrations of 2004.
4) Why did John Adams refuse to celebrate the 4th of July?
a) Let’s face the facts that he was an uptight dude
b) He lost a contentious election and became bitter toward America
c) He was angry his second cousin Samuel Adams had his own beer
d) He was convinced July 2nd should be the holiday instead
5) Who was the only U.S. president born on the 4th of July?
a) Calvin Coolidge
b) Rita Coolidge
c) Rita Calvin
d) Calvin Rita
e) Both a and b
6) True or False – Betsy Ross, who sewed the first American flag, has at times been buried in three different locations.
7) On a bit of a sour note, according to Statista, what percentage of Americans “will not celebrate” Independence Day in 2022?
8) Fill in the Multiple Blanks – On July 4, 2022, we will be celebrating the __________ Birthday of __________.
9) Who was NOT on the legendary Committee of Five who drafted the Declaration of Independence?
a) George Washington
b) John Adams
c) Thomas Jefferson
d) Benjamin Franklin
e) Some Guy Named Robert Livingston
f) Some Guy Named Roger Sherman
10) True or False – Only twelve men in history signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
11) In 1989, a Pennsylvanian man accidentally purchased a copy of the Declaration of Independence at a flea market that later sold for 8.1 million dollars, for how much money?
a) 4 dollars
b) 100 dollars
c) 1,000 dollars
d) 8.1 million dollars
12) True or False – A 16-year-old student named Robert G. Heft designed the 50-star American flag in 1960, but he actually originally only received a B-minus for his school assignment.
13) On July 4, 1778, George Washington rewarded each of his troops fighting in the Revolutionary War with:
a) A warm hug
b) A signed photo of the Kardashians lounging around their pool while not working, as usual
c) A double ration of rum
d) A solid gold coin featuring his likeness on the front and an eagle on the back
e) A copy of the Declaration of Independence written in gold leaf
14) According to scientists, how many people lived in America in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed?
a) About 2.5 million
b) About 12.5 million
c) About 22.5 million
d) About 32.5 million
e) Scientists have absolutely no idea
3 False (2014)
8 246th, America
10 False (only 6 men)
14 correct – You are assuredly ready to wear the official Uncle Sam outfit at the Yorktown, Virginia 4th of July Parade
10-13 correct – You love America, the Stars and Stripes, and Freedom, in that exact order
5-9 correct – You like the 4th of July but are ready for Labor Day and cooler football sweater weather
1-4 correct – You are allergic to fireworks, hot dogs with all the trimmings, and salty ocean breezes, in that exact order
0 correct – You must spend the rest of the summer on a leaky, decrepit sailboat with Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and the cast of a lame
German television soap opera while they practice their lines, eat various schnitzels and wursts, all while polka dancing
and playing accordions late into the evening