Did you know that 4th of July celebrations originally consisted of people gathering to consume double sized helpings of rum and to critisize the way the then current government was running the country? How about that the 4th wasn't a nationally recognized holiday until 1938? This means that until then, celebrating the day meant losing a day's wages. What about that the first 4th of July party was actually held on July 8th? See, you can use that as an excuse to have another party- as if you need one.

Here's a little more trivia to chew on along with your burgers and dogs...

1. What event do Americans celebrate with a National Holiday on the fourth of July?
a. Washington's Birthday. b. The official signing of the Declaration of Independence. c. The formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence. d. Our victory over England, thus ending the Revolutionary War.

2. What other country celebrates their independence day in the month of July (Bastille Day)?
a. Canada b. England c. France d. Australia e. Poland

3. What do you call an expert of flags?
a. Flagman b. Flagellum c. Vexillologist d. Flatulent e. mercenary

4. How many colonies were there at the start of the Revolutionary War?
a. 9 b. 7 c. 13 d. 15 e. 23

5. How many of the founding fathers were Freemasons? (Signers of the Declaration of Independence)
a. 3 b. 7 c. 9 d. 23

6. How many Signers of the Constitution were Freemasons?
a. 13 b. 17 c. 23 d. 39

7. How many signers were there of the Declaration of Independence?
a. 23 b. 33 c. 40 d. 45 e. 56

8. Was Lafayette a Freemason? True or False

9. In what city was the declaration of Independence signed?
a. New York b. Washington DC c. Boston d. Philadelphia e. Lexington

10. When was the Declaration of Independence signed by most of the signers?
a. July 2 b. July 4 c. July 5 d. August 2

11. Where is the Liberty Bell located?
a. Boston b. Philadelphia c. New York d. Bunker Hill

12. Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
a. George Washington b. Thomas Jefferson c. Abe Lincoln d. Ben Franklin

13. Who was the youngest to sign the Declaration of Independence?
a. John Hancock b. George Washington c. Edward Rutledge d. Samuel Adams

14. How many stripes are on the flag today?
a. 6 b. 11 c. 13 d. 15

15. Lafayette was a native of what country?
a. United States b. England c. Spain d. Germany e. France

16. Which State had the most signers of the Declaration of Independence
a. New York b. New Jersey c. Vermont D. Virginia e. Pennsylvania

17. What is written on the back of the Declaration of Independence?
a. A treasure map b. nothing c. signatures of the delegates d. Original declaration of Independence 4th of July

18. Paul Revere signed the Declaration of Independence first? True or False

19. Poor Richards Almanac was written by?
a. John Hancock b. Ben Franklin c. Samuel Adams d. Nathan Hale

20. The stripes on the flag stand for the first 13 States? True or False

Bonus Questions

1. The USS Constitution goes by the name of Old Iron Ship? True or False

2. Who wrote Paul Revere's Ride?
a. Mark Twain b. John Hancock c. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow d. Sam Adams

3. Sir Francis Dashwood provided guns for the Revolution? True or False

answers; 1. c 2. c 3. c 4. c 5. c 6. a 7. e 8. True 9. d 10. d 11. b 12. d 13. c 14. 13 15. e 16. e
17. d 18. false 19. b 20. false bonus 1. false 2. c 3. true

Here's a bonus and most ironic tid bit- In 2007, the US imported 4.7 million dollars in flags; 4.3 million worth came from China. Don't we make anything here anymore?

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