This Saturday we celebrate the Fourth of July. It is a national holiday based on our fight for freedom. Many of you will probably be having barbeques and watching fireworks. This list below of Fourth of July trivia would be a fun addition to any celebration. Maybe consider some prizes for the winners.
1. Who penned the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson
2. What day did most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence actually sign the document? August 2, 1776.
3. What do the colors of the United States flag stand for? Red is for hardiness and valor. White is for purity and innocence. Blue is for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
4. Who wrote the words to the National Anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner”? Francis Scott Key.
5. Who sewed the first official American flag? Betsy Ross.
6. What is our national bird? The bald eagle
7. Three of the first five presidents died on the Fourth of July. Who were they? John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.
8. What country gave us the Statue of Liberty? France.
9. How did the name “Uncle Sam” originate? The name originated in 1812, when a meat packer by the name of Sam Wilson provided meat to the U.S. Army. Someone saw the meat shipments that were stamped with U. S. and joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam” and the name stuck.
10. When did fireworks become a part of the Fourth of July celebrations? In 1777, Congress authorized the use of fireworks to celebrate the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The celebration was held in Philadelphia.
11. How many people were living the USA on July 4, 1776? 2.5 million
What is your favorite way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Do you wear red, white, and blue?