Thursday, July 02, 2009

Fourth of July 2009

Happy Fourth of July! 

Yes, I know, I'm a couple of days early, but I'm on vacation as of the end of today and I won't be back until a week from Monday.  So have a good holiday (if you're in the US). 

Here's some Fourth of July Trivia:

1. On July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was ready for signing, but how long did it take for the signees to finish the job?

2. In what year did Congress finally get arond to making the Fourth a legal holiday?

3. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died within hours of each other on July 4.  How many years had passed between the original Fourth and their deaths.

4. The tricorn was a popular item back when the Declaration of Independence was signed.  It is often seen in depictions from the time.  What is it?

5. Can you name more than four of the individuals who actually signed the Declaration?  What were their names?


  1. I only know number four: the tricorn is a type of hat. I'll justify my ignorance by saying I'm not American!

  2. 5. John Hancock, John Adams, Thomason Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin,Authur Middleton, Samuel Adams, Edward Rutledge

  3. I'm with Charli and only know that the tricorn is a hat. My excuse is that I am also not American but I have given my kids the job of researching the answers to the other questions - never miss an opportunity to learn!!!

  4. Oh dear, I AM American and don't know any! I thought a tricorn was a kind of horse with a horn on it. John Hancock signed the declaration of independence, that's where the phrase of "John Hancock" meaning signature came from, see I still do know a bit of history :D


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