The 4th of July: Do you know your history?

Posted by Charlotte Webster

antique flagHow much do you know about the 4th of July? Since we’re only a few days away from Independence Day, we’d like to have some fun with a little trivia.

Are you ready to test your knowledge? Ok, here we go…


1. Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on what date?

2. Who gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence?

3. The first public Fourth of July event at the White House took place in what year?

4. Which two former presidents died on July 4, 1826?

5. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?


Answers: 1. July 8, 1776; 2. Colonel John Nixon; 3. 1804; 4. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams; 5. 56


Here is some more trivia you may not know:

  • The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect them. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.
  • The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials “U.S.” Someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam.” This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government.
  • In 1941, Congress declared the 4th of July a federal legal holiday. Because if its importance to the country, it is one of the few federal holidays that has not been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.
  • Many towns across the US have names inspired by America’s independence: 30 have “Liberty” in their name, 11 have “Independence” in their name, 5 are named “Freedom,” 1 is named “Patriot,” and 5 have “America” in their name.

Wishing you Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness!


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