Cookouts, BBQs, whatever you want to call it, millions of people will throw some burgers and dogs on the grill Tuesday to celebrate Independence Day. Americans are expected to spend $7.15 billion on July Fourth food and eat some 150 million hot dogs.
When you get together with your family and neighbors, sometimes small talk can be hard to come by. Here's a quiz to help fill the time, based on information from the U.S. Census Bureau and Commerce Department:
July Fourth Quiz
Random facts about Independence Day
(Scroll to bottom for answers!)
1. From which country did the United States win its independence?
c. Great Britain
2. In which year did the United States declare its independence?
3. How many people lived in the original 13 Colonies when the Declaration of Independence was signed?
a. 2.5 million
b. 13 million
d. 1 million
4. How many states currently have a larger population than the original American Colonies combined?
5. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?
6. Which Colony had the highest population?
c. New York
7. Which Colony had the most signers of the declaration?
c. New York
8. What was the value of U.S. imports of American flags in 2016?
a. $1.4 million
c. $5.4 million
d. $3.8 million
9. What percent of imported American flags came from China in 2016?
10. What was the value of fireworks sales by retailers in 2012?
a. $278 million
b. $52 million
c. $133 million
d. $369 million
11. Thirty-three counties in the U.S. have the name “Liberty” in them, but how many incorporated places are called “Patriot”?
1) c. Great Britain
[In an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, 77 percent of people surveyed correctly answered Great Britain. Fifteen percent were unsure and 8 percent said a country other than Great Britain.]
2) a. 1776
3) a. 2.5 million
4) a. 36
5) c. 56
6) d. Virginia
7) b. Pennsylvania
8) c. $5.4 million
9) a. 98%
10) d. $369 million
11) a. 1
[The only place that is incorporated in the US that has "Patriot" in its name is Patriot, Ind., along the banks of the Ohio River. Patriot has an estimated population of just 206, as of 2015]
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