July Fourth Trivia

Which three presidents died on the Fourth of July?
(John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third president, both died on the same day in 1826.)

What other presidents were near misses?
(On July 4, 1850, President Zachary Taylor attended ceremonies for the Washington Memorial and returned to the White House for a bowl of cherries and milk. He became sick to his stomach that night and died five days later. On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was shot. He died several months later.)

How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th?

When was the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence?
(July 8, 1776. Actually, the Liberty Bell rang out from Independence Hall to summon the crowd.)

On what date did most of the signers actually sign the doc?
(August 2, 1776)

Who was the oldest signatory?
(Ben Franklin. He was 70.)

Who was the youngest?
(Edward Rutledge. 26 years old. He owned 50 slaves. Later became governor of South Carolina.)

Which state had the most delegates sign?
( Pennsylvania. There were nine.)

Who was the last signatory of the Declaration of Independence?
(Thomas McKean, January, 1777. He was at one time the president of the continental congress, later became a governor of Pa.)

When did Abraham Lincoln give his 1863, July fourth address?
(On July 7, 1863. On July 4, citizens in Washington were celebrating what appeared to be a victory at Gettysburg and wanted Lincoln to give a speech but he would only issue a short proclamation. He was waiting to get a complete report and for further news out west, where General Grant was laying siege to Vicksburg. He later found out that Vicksburg had fallen on July 4th. Lincoln gave his speech three days late.)

What other countries celebrate the 4th of July?
(Denmark, Norway, Sweden and England.)

In what year did July 4 become a paid legal federal holiday?
(It became an unpaid federal holiday in 1870. And a lot of trivia sites say that it became a paid holiday in 1941 but it was actually passed by congress in 1938.)

How did Nathan’s, Fourth of July, Hot Dog contest begin?
(It started out as a dispute among four immigrants over who was the most patriotic. And so, that explains why this country is overweight. We are patriotic?)

What American President was famous for playing golf every Fourth of July?
(Dwight D. Eisenhower.)

What modern First Lady wore a bejeweled American Flag in her lapel on every Fourth of July? Pat Nixon, Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton or Betty Ford?
(Jackie Kennedy. And the jewelry actually sells on e-bay.)

What pitcher threw a no hitter on the fourth of July?
(Dave Righetti of the NY Yankees in 1983. But perhaps the wildest game ever played happened on July 4 between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. It went 19 innings and ended close to 4 AM. Mets won 16-13.)

Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

4 thoughts on “July Fourth Trivia

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  2. James Madison died June 28, 1836. The doctors wanted to give him a stimulant to see if he couldn’t last until July 4, but he refused.

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