Independence Day Trivia
Q: How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?
A: 56 people
Q: Whose signature is the largest on the Declaration of Independence?
A: John Hancock’s signature
Q: How many people were living in the U. S. in 1776?
A: 2.5 million people
Q: How many hotdogs are consumed on July 4th each year?
A: 150 million hotdogs
Q: How much money is spent on fireworks every year?
A: Around $211 million
Q: Who invented fireworks?
A: The Chinese are credited for inventing fireworks
Q: How many people have cook outs on July 4th?
A: Over 74 million people
Q: When did the Liberty Bell crack?
A: The first Liberty Bell cracked when it was being tested. It and the second bell were re-melted and
forged again. The third Liberty Bell cracked in 1835.
Q: When did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
A: The Fourth of July became an unpaid holiday for federal workers in 1870. In 1938 it became a paid holiday, and in 1941, it was declared a federal holiday.
Q: Does the Liberty Bell still ring today?
A: The Liberty Bell no longer rings. It rang from 1778 to 1835, when it cracked.
Q: Who wrote the music for the National Anthem (The Star Spangled Banner)?
A: The music for the National Anthem comes from an old English drinking song named, “Anacreon in Heaven.”
Q: How many verses does the Star Spangled Banner have?
A: 4 verses
Q: Who sewed the first official American flag?
A: Betsy Ross
Q: How tall is the Statue of Liberty?
A: 151 feet tall
Q: What are two things the flag should never touch?
A: The ground or water
Q: Which two presidents, both of whom signed the Declaration of Independence, died on the Fourth of July in 1826?
A: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
Q: What did Yankee Doodle call the feather in his hat?
Q: What is Veteran’s Day also known as?
A: Armistice day
Q: When the Pledge of Allegiance was published on September 8, 1892, were the words “under God”
included in it?
A: No, “under God” was not added until June 14, 1954.
Q: What profession in colonial America was always the one to make flags?
Q: Income tax was first started during which war?
A: It began in 1812 for the Revolutionary War; discontinued in 1817. Then, reinstated in 1862 for the Civil War expenses.
Q: What is a vexillologist?
A: A Flag expert
Q: Once upon a time you could pay the government $300 to not be drafted. True or false?
A: True. During the Civil War in 1863 a man could pay $300 to not be drafted or send a substitute. This upset the poor who could not afford to buy their way out.
Q: Is the President of the U.S. the head of the Red Cross?
A: Yes. He is the honorary chairman and appoints the board members as well.
Q: Which is the most popular circulated coin in the U.S. today?
A: The quarter
Q: Which famous big band leader died in a plane crash in 1944 on his way to entertain the troops for a Christmas concert?
A: Glenn Miller
Q: who got the right to vote on march 23, 1971?
A: 18 year olds
Q: What does it mean if you fly a flag upside down?
A: It is a distress signal or can mean that danger exists
Q: The Korean War ended in 1953. When was their Memorial dedicated?
Q: Is it against the law to fly any other flag higher than the U.S. flag at anytime, anywhere in the U.S.?
A: Yes. The only place where the U.S. flags is flown equal to other country’s flags is at the United Nations, and there the U.S. flag is not flown below any other flags.
Q: The White House is the official residence for all our presidents. Every president has stayed there
except one. Who was he?
A: George Washington; it wasn’t done by the time he left office
Q: The Declaration of Independence begins with what words?
A: When in the course of human events
Q: What document was the legal framework of the United States?
A: The Constitution
Q: Where was the first national capitol located?
A: 1774: Carpenters Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Q: How many people annually visit the Liberty Bell?
A: About 1,500,000
Q: How tall is the Statue of Liberty?
A: 151 feet
Q: What other countries celebrate the 4th of July?
A: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and England