Happy birthday, USA! While celebrating Independence Day, there's often a lot of waiting - for fireworks, for parades to start, for burgers to cook. Pass the time by testing friends and family on their knowledge of our country with this patriotic quiz, or just share some fun trivia about American history. How well do you fare on these 9 questions about the great U.S. of A.?
When did most people sign the Declaration of Independence?
July 4 is the day we celebrate, but most of the signers added their John Hancock on August 2, 1776, according to the National Archives.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence? Did he also write the Constitution?
Nope, he did not. Jefferson was the ambassador to France, then called American Minister to France, at the time and did not attend the Constitutional Convention. You can find a bunch more questions and answers about the Constitutional Convention here.
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be earned. - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Find more patriotic quotes for the 4th of July here.
Elizabeth Griscom, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 1, 1752, is better known in American history as whom?
Betsy Ross. There's much dispute as to whether she did sew the first American flag at George Washington's request, or if that story is more legend that truth. You can read more about it on the Betsy Ross page on biography.com.
Not 1, not 2, but 6 American flags dot the moonscape. Crews from Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17 each planted a flag.
"America the Beautiful" refers to "purple mountain majesties." A trip up what mountain inspired Katharin Lee Bates to pen the poem "America the Beautiful"?
Pike's Peak. You can read more about Bates here.
Some think American the Beautiful should be our national anthem. It was a contender, as was "My Country 'Tis of Thee." They lost out to the Star Spangled Banner when it became the national them in what year?
In 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a law making the national anthem the Star Spangled Banner. In 1972, Ray Charles voiced his support for "American the Beauitful" as national anthem.
We talk about the 50 states. Which state was last added to the USA? When?
Hawaii became the last state on August 21, 1959. Alaska became a state earlier that year, on January 3, 1959.
What date is inscribed on the tablet the Statue of Liberty is holding?
July IV MDCCLXXVI - the Roman numerals for July 4, 1776
How many rays are on the crown of the Statue of Liberty?
7, one for each continent, according to the StatueofLiberty.org.
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