The 4th of July is a time to celebrate America — let’s see how much you know about the history and traditions of this special holiday. Quiz yourself or quiz your friends and test your Independence Day knowledge…
- Independence Day first became a federal holiday in:
- The Declaration of Independence was signed by how many men from the 13 original colonies?
- Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
- Benjamin Franklin
- Thomas Jefferson
- John Hancock
- Only 2 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence went on to become president. Name them.
- Three of the first five U.S. presidents died on July 4. Name all 3.
Bonus Question: Name the 13 original colonies. 1 point per colony!
- B. 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
- C. 56
- A. Benjamin Franklin — he was 70 years old. Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) was the youngest.
- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Elbridge Gerry also signed and later served as vice president under James Madison. He was also known for dividing electoral districts for political gain — now known as “gerrymandering.”
- John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams and Jefferson (who both signed the Declaration) died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
Bonus: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.