How many of the following 4th of July trivia questions can you get right?
Answers are at the bottom of the page.
1. Two of the first five Presidents of the United States died on the same day. Which presidents and what date?
2. When did the 4th of July become a national holiday:
3. Is there something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence?
a. Yes. A treasure map
b. No. Don’t be silly. That was a movie.
c. Yes. But it is invisible
d. Yes. Some kind of seal.
4. Who was John Hancock?
a. A big time insurance broker in 1776
b. The President of the Continental Congress
c. The first signer of the Declaration
d. All of the above
e. None of the above
f. Only b and c
5. Who signed the Declaration on July 4, 1776?
b. Only John Hancock
c. All the members of the Continental Congress
d. Your guess is as good as the historians
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1. John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4,1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing. James Monroe also died on the 4th of July, but in 1831.
2. (D) It wasn’t until 1938 that the 4th of July became a national holiday.
3. (D) Written upside down at the bottom of the signed document is: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” It’s not known who wrote it or when. Since parchment was usually rolled up during the Revolutionary War years, it’s thought this memo served as a label.
4. (F) John Hancock was both the President of the Continental Congress and the first to sign on July 4th.
5. (D) There is a huge historical dispute about who signed and when. Some say Hancock and one other signed on the 4th, with all the others on August 2nd. Some others say 34 of the 57 signed on the 4th. Yet others say only John Hancock signed that historic day.