July 4th is a holiday to spend with family and friends, enjoying backyard barbecues, and, of course, watching fireworks. It's also the day we celebrate our nation's birthday and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
As we head into the holiday weekend, test your knowledge on all things Independence Day with our fun facts quiz.
Check out the answers and other fun facts on all things Independence Day.
A: In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. Source: U.S. Census Bureau
A: There are an estimated 323.8 million people living in the United States today. Source: U.S. Census Bureau
A: Independence Day was first released in 1996 and it starred, among others, Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Vivica A. Fox and Harry Connick Jr. Source: IMDB
A: 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Source: U.S. Census Bureau
A: In 2015 Matt Stonie consumed 62 hot dogs and buns to beat the reigning men's champion, Joey Chestnut. Just prior to this upset, Miki Sudo captured first place for the women by downing 38 hot dogs in 10 minutes. This July 4th will mark Nathan's Famous 100th hot dog eating competition. Source: ESPN
A: Both John Adams (second president) and Thomas Jefferson (third president) died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Source: U.S. Census Bureau
A: In 2015 285.3 million pounds of fireworks were used – 260.7 million pounds in consumer fireworks and 24.6 million pounds in display fireworks. Source: The American Pyrotechnics Association
A: The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom in the National Archives Museum is the permanent home for not only the Declaration of Independence, but also the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. Source: National Archives Museum
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