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Americana Trivia (in Kid lingo) for Your 4th of July Bash

The 4th is made fun with hot dogs, pools, and a long weekend, and this Primerrily piece is sure to make a good time even better. This trivia will have both adults and kids laughing, learning, and enjoying the holiday in a fuller way than ever before (and your kids will love surprising their grown up family members with some of our trick questions!).

Does France have a 4th of July?

Trick question! Of course France has a 4th of July! Every country has a 3rd and 5th of July too ;)

Ask your kids: Try asking a friend this question and see what they say!

What other country celebrated an independence on the 4th of July?

The Philippines used to celebrate independence (coincidentally, independence from America!) on July 4. The Philippines gained their independence from Spanish rule on June 12, 1898, which is the date on which they currently celebrate their independence, but on July 4, 1846 the United States formally recognized the independence of the Republic of the Philippines. From that date until 1962, Filipinos celebrated their country’s birthday on July 4.

Ask your kids: if you could pick another birthdate, which month would you choose and why?

What came first -- the Declaration of Independence or the start of the American Revolution?

Trick question #2. The American Revolution, which formally began on April 19, 1775. America had been fighting the British for more than a year when the Declaration of Independence was written and made official.

For the kids: Think about it like you throwing a temper tantrum for a few minutes before you tell me why you’re actually upset. (Well, you’re a lot nicer than King George, and it’s not exactly a parallel, but this might help your kids understand the difference between the two events :) )

Why did John Adams think July 2nd should be known as America’s Independence Day?

On July 2 Richard Henry Lee, a Member of the Continental Congress from Virginia, made a motion declaring “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” Then the famous “Committee of Five” (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson) proposed a draft form of the language that would make this independence official. It took two days for the language to be edited and ratified. The purpose of it wasn’t just to explain themselves to the King as it was to explain their actions to the public.

Ask your kids: Those were some of the 5 most important people in our c