Happy Fourth of July, America. But what actually happened on that day in 1776?

We signed the Declaration of Independence, right? Or something like that? Declare your knowledge of revolutionary-era trivia with this quiz on Fourth of July history.


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July 4 is celebrated as Independence Day, but what actually happened on that day in 1776?

The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress

The Continental Congress voted to separate the 13 American colonies from Great Britain

The Declaration of Independence was signed by John Hancock and other members of the Continental Congress

The Revolutionary War began


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You might have seen the signed copy of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives in Washington. Which of the signers had the largest signature?

Thomas Jefferson

George Washington

John Hancock

Benjamin Franklin


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In an eerie coincidence, two presidents and Founding Fathers died on July 4, 1826 -- 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was passed. Who were they?

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

James Madison and George Washington

James Madison and Thomas Jefferson


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Which of these states was not one of the original 13 colonies?

South Carolina

New Hampshire

Rhode Island



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If you watch the fireworks during the Fourth of July, you might hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" at least once. The song was written during an early war in U.S. history. Which war was it?

The Revolutionary War

The War of 1812

The Mexican-American War

The Civil War