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Test your knowledge of Independence Day


Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain during the American Revolution. But you already knew that!

In the patriotic spirit of this year’s Fourth of July celebration, The Island News came up with a few challenging questions about our beloved USA.  The first to answer each question correctly (see tab at the top of the page) will be recognized in the paper next week. Good Luck, and from the staff at The Island News, Happy Fourth of July!

1. The 13 red and white stripes on the U.S. flag represent what?

2. On the first U.S. flag, why were the 13 stars sewn in a circle?

3. Who was the only president to be born on Independence Day, July 4, 1872?

4. There were two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later became presidents who died on the same day, July 4, 1826, which was the 50th Anniversary of the declaration. Who were the presidents?

5. Which president ordered the “Star Spangled Banner” to be played publicly?

6. The first National Park was established in 1872.  Which one was it?

7. Which of the United States’ armed services is the oldest?

8. In 1991, the Gulf War was renamed “Operation Dessert Storm.” What was the operation named prior to 1991?

9. On August 18, 1920, who received the right to vote in the U.S.?

10. Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?

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