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4th of July Facebook Quiz Answers
By Jennifer Whipple
7/2/2016 10:41:00 AM  

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We hope you’re having a great 4th of July weekend! Here are the answers to our Facebook quiz, along with the original questions:


Q. Can you name the original thirteen colonies?

A. The original thirteen colonies were:

Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia


Q. Which city hosted the first public 4th of July fireworks display?

A. The first public 4th of July fireworks display took place in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1805.


Q. When did Independence Day become a nationally recognized holiday?

A. Independence was recognized as a national holiday beginning in 1941.


Q. What countries besides the United States celebrate American Independence Day?

A. England, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Guatemala, the Philippines and parts of Canada also recognize and celebrate America’s Independence Day.


Q. What patriotic poem was published on July 4, 1895?

A. The poem “America the Beautiful” was published on July 4, 1895. Written by Wellesley College professor Katharine Lee Bates, it later was set to music and become a popular patriotic song.


Q. The lyrics for the American national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” were written by Francis Scott Key. Who wrote the music?

A. “The Star-Spangled Banner” is set to the tune of an old English drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven”. The composition of the music is attributed to a British composer named John Stafford Smith.


Q. What was the last state to be granted statehood?

A. In 1960, Hawaii was granted statehood; there have been no new states since.


Q. What Centennial gift arrived ten years late?

A. It was intended that the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States, be dedicated in 1876 in commemoration of America’s 100th birthday. Lack of funding slowed the project down, and the actual dedication of the statue took place on October 26, 1886.


Q. Which two original signers of the Declaration of Independence died on July 4th, 1826?

A. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on Independence Day in 1826.


Q. On July 4, 1848, President James Polk laid the cornerstone of which famous structure?

A. The cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid by President James Polk on July 4, 1848.

Have a Wonderful Independence Day!!!

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