33 July 4th Trivia Questions and Answers

If you’re looking for a 4th of July trivia to play around your dinner table this year with family and friends, look no further! 

My 4th July trivia has a section for every member of the party to honor the long, complex history that led to the independence of the United States of America

Are you feeling patriotic yet?

You soon will do! 

In my 4th July trivia, we will explore American history, traditions, and customs, 4th July interesting facts, and finish with a link to a super-fun video trivia. 

Let’s play! 

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General July 4th Trivia Questions and Answers

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Festivities on July 4 include lots of food, family time, and fireworks, but the day is about so much more than sparkles. 

On the 4th of July, we celebrate the anniversary of America’s independence, and this can mean different things for different people, but generally, it’s about patriotism, pride, and unity. 

In round 1 of this trivia, I have prepared a list of 11 general knowledge 4th July trivia questions, and I hope you enjoy playing and brushing up on your history knowledge at the same time. 

Good luck! 

1: Which state first declared July 4 as an official holiday?
Massachusetts.
2: In what year was America granted independence from Great Britain?
1776.
3: In what shape should you fold the American flag?
Triangular.
4: Who was the first President to hold a July 4th celebration at the White House?
Thomas Jefferson.
5: What is the 4th of July, otherwise known as in the US?
Independence Day.
6: What food is most commonly consumed on this day?
Hot Dogs.
7: What is the Star-Spangled Banner?
The national anthem of the United States.
8: Which American president was born on July 4?
Calvin Coolidge.
9: Which country did the Philippines declare independence from on July 4, 1960?
The United States.
10: Who died after eating spoiled fruit in 1850 at a July 4 celebration?
President Zachary Taylor.
11: Roughly, how much does Macy's spend on its NYC July 4 firework display?
$6 million.

History of July 4th Trivia Questions and Answers

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July 4 has been a paid federal holiday since the 1940s, but celebrations on this date go way back to the 18th century and the American Revolution

Continental Congress was in favor of American independence, and in 1776 it became official – the land of opportunity was a free land. 

But what was happening previous to this, and what landmark moments occurred from the 1700s to the modern-day?

This round of my July 4th trivia will truly test your American history knowledge! 

Let’s go!

1: Who primarily wrote the Declaration of Independence?
Thomas Jefferson.
2: During the summer of 1776, how did some colonists celebrate the birth of American independence?
Holding mock funerals for King George III.
3: What item did George Washington issue double rations for all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778?
Rum.
4: In what state did the tradition of setting off fireworks on July 4 begin in 1777?
Philadelphia.
5: Who was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence?
John Hancock.
6: What was the first newspaper to print the Declaration?
The Pennsylvania Evening Post.
7: What was the estimated population of the United States on July 4, 1776?
2.5 million.
8: Why does the Liberty Bell ring 13 times on July 4?
To honor the original 13 states.
9: In what year did July 4 become a (non-paid) federal holiday?
1870.

Traditions and Customs of July 4th Trivia Questions and Answers

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How families celebrate July 4 can be pretty different, but generally, people will get together and mark the day with loved ones. 

This could be a picnic in the park, a BBQ on the beach, or a home-cooked meal; what matters most is that we’re with friends and families. 

Maybe you join many others and head out to a firework display or parade in your local town, or perhaps you stay in to save the cents in preparation for the next day’s sales! 

In round 3 of my July 4th trivia round, I will quiz you on some of the most common traditions and customs to cement the day and take a look at those that are a little more unusual, too. 

Let’s play! 

1: We eat a lot of hamburgers on July 4, but this is not an American food. Where do hamburgers come from?
Germany.
2: Around 35,000 fans convene on the corner of Stillwell and Surf avenues in Coney Island to see what July 4 event?
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.
3: In 2016, which American beer changed its name to 'America' in honor of July 4?
Budweizer.
4: What creatures are raced at an annual event in the city of Bar Harbor, Maine, on July 4?
Lobsters.
5: What hand-held fireworks are customary for people to wave around to celebrate independence?
Sparklers.
6: Where is the July 4 annual bodybuilding competition held that launched the careers of strongmen such as Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Muscle Beach (Venice, CA).
7: July 4 is marked by fireworks across the country, but what country do fireworks come from?
China.

Interesting Facts About July 4th Trivia Questions and Answers

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Like all holidays, there are many interesting facts about the 4th of July; how many come to mind already?

In this 4th July trivia round, I’m sure there will be some surprises! 

If you’re looking for some ice-breakers this July 4 or some interesting things to share in your group, you might want to grab a pen and paper and take note as we play round 4

Good luck! 

1: What was the occupation of the designer of the 50-star American flag?
Robert G. Heft was a 16-year-old school student given this assignment by his teacher.
2: According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council, roughly how many hot dogs are eaten each July 4?
150 million.
3: How many presidents have died on July 4?
3. James Monroe, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all died on the patriotic day.
4: The 50th star was added to the flag on July 4, 1960. Which state was this to symbolize?
Hawaii.
5: Roughly how many major firework displays take place in the US on this day?
16,000.
6: Why do hospitals receive an influx of patients on July 4?
Firework-related injuries!

More 4th July Trivia – Video 

Before I bid you a nice day, why not try another trivia? Here’s a small selection that are perfect for family gatherings:

Thank you for taking the time to play my July 4th trivia; I hope you enjoyed it and possibly even learned a thing or two. See you again soon for more trivia fun! 

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