Independence Day: Quiz

The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4, a day of patriotic celebration and family events throughout the country. In the words of Founding Father John Adams, the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance. … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

The Fourth of July holiday is a major civic occasion, with roots deep in the Anglo-American tradition of political freedom.

See how much you know about Independence Day by doing our quiz

Level I


  1. The National Anthem of the United States is
  2. “Stars and Stripes Forever”
  3. “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
  4. “The Star-Spangled Banner”


  1. “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was written at the time of
  2. The Revolutionary War
  3. The Civil War
  4. The War of 1812


  1. “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” was
  2. Composed by George M. Cohan
  3. Composed by John Philip Sousa
  4. Adapted from the British national anthem, “God Save the Queen”


  1. How many states are there in the United States?
  2. 50
  3. 51
  4. 52


  1. What are the national colors of the United States?
  2. Blue and white
  3. Red and white
  4. Red, white, and blue


  1. Who was the first president of the United States?
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. Benjamin Franklin
  4. George Washington


  1. Americans celebrate July 4 as
  2. Independence Day
  3. Constitution Day
  4. Flag Day


  1. Americans celebrate July 4 with
  2. Parades
  3. Fireworks
  4. A and B

Level II

  1. What do the red and white stripes on the American flag represent?
  2. States
  3. The original 13 colonies
  4. Just a design


  1. What is the official symbol of the United States?
  2. The turkey
  3. The cowboy
  4. The bald eagle


  1. The tune of the “Star-Spangled Banner” was originally
  2. A British drinking song
  3. A song from a musical comedy
  4. Written by Francis Scott Key


  1. What document begins: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”?
  2. The U.S. Constitution
  3. The Declaration of Independence
  4. The Bill of Rights


  1. Which of the following was not one of the original thirteen colonies?
  2. South Carolina
  3. Ohio
  4. Rhode Island


  1. Which U.S. harbor was called “New Amsterdam”?
  2. New York
  3. Boston
  4. Charleston


  1. The Earliest recognized English settlement in the New World was in
  2. Carolina
  3. Vermont
  4. Virginia


  1. Who was the President of the Continental Congress that passed the Declaration of Independence?
  2. George Washington
  3. John Adams
  4. John Hancock


Level III

Q: What state was admitted to the Union through legislation with a provision allowing it at any time to split up into as many five states, each represented in Congress by two senators?

  1. Texas
  2. California
  3. Alaska


  1. Only the first verse of the “Star Spangled Banner” is generally sung because
  2. The words in verses 2-4 are hard to pronounce.
  3. Verses 2-4 are considered offensive to our British allies.
  4. No one remembers what the rest of the words are.


  1. What document begins: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty …”?
  2. The U.S. Constitution
  3. The Declaration of Independence
  4. The Bill of Rights

Who was called the “Father of the Constitution”?

  1. George Washington
  2. James Madison
  3. Thomas Jefferson


  1. Who presided over the U.S. Constitutional Convention?
  2. George Washington
  3. James Madison
  4. Thomas Jefferson


  1. What was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution?
  2. Virginia
  3. Delaware
  4. Massachusetts


  1. How many amendments have been added to the U.S. Constitution since its adoption in 1789?
  2. 27
  3. 115
  4. 75


  1. Who was ruling Britain at the time of the Declaration of Independence?
  2. Queen Elizabeth I
  3. King Charles II
  4. King George III


  1. Who wrote the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner”?
  2. Francis Scott Key
  3. Walt Whitman
  4. Thomas Jefferson


  1. When did Alaska and Hawaii become states?
  2. 1865
  3. 1912
  4. 1959

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