The Fourth of July is more than just fireworks, barbecues and a day off work — it’s a celebration of America’s heritage. On July 4, 1776, the United States announced its independence from Great Britain with the Declaration of Independence.
The Fourth of July is more than just fireworks, barbecues and a day off work — it’s a celebration of America’s heritage.
On July 4, 1776, the United States announced its independence from Great Britain with the Declaration of Independence.
But most Americans aren’t aware of the history of the holiday, or the history of the country, says John McManus, creator of the American history DVD “Overview of America” and president of the John Birch Society, the conservative constitutionalist group.
And people typically know even less about their state history, says Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official state historian.
“It’s mostly because we have so many people moving here all the time,” he says. “It’s unfortunate, because we have such an interesting and colorful history.”
How informed are you? Test your knowledge of American and Arizona history.
1. What was the first city or town to officially designate July 4 as a holiday?
2. Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?
3. “E Pluribus Unum” was one of the first mottos adopted by the United States government. It appears on the Great Seal of the United States as well as most U.S. currency. What does it mean?
4. How many representatives are there in Congress? How many does Arizona have?
5. Arizona leads the nation in production of what mineral?
6. Why is the White House painted white?
7. Who was the youngest president?
8. Who was Arizona’s first cowboy movie star?
9. What are the official state colors of Arizona?
10. Arizona was the 48th and last of the contiguous states admitted to the Union. On what date?