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4th of July Trivia and Games

The Fourth of July, the Independence Day of America, is an eventful day for all Americans. Arrange parties on this day and make it fun with the games described in this CelebrationJoy article.
CelebrationJoy Staff
Celebrate America and its heritage by hosting a fun and festive Independence Day party or get-together for family and friends. To maximize the fun quotient of the party, arrange for games with Independence Day themes for kids and adults alike. Here are a few suggestions for you to use and improvise on.
4th of July Trivia Quiz

A celebration of this day can be made educational and enriching by arranging a quiz consisting of questions and trivia related to the 4th of July.
  • On which date was the Declaration of Independence signed? - August 2nd, 1776
  • Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? - Philadelphia
  • When was the Liberty bell rung to declare the adoption of Independence? - 8th July, 1776
  • How many delegates signed the Declaration of Independence? To which state did the maximum number of delegates belong to? - 56 delegates from the 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence. Maximum delegates were from Pennsylvania.
  • The first American flag was sewed by whom? - Betsy Ross
  • Describe the American flag. - The American flag consists of 13 stripes (7 red and 6 white) representing the 13 colonies, a blue field at top left corner with 50 stars representing 50 states.
  • Who is the poet of the national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner"? - Francis Scott Key
  • Which committee decided Bald Eagle as the national bird of America? - The committee that comprised John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.
  • Who is the president of America who has the honor to celebrate his birthday on 4th of July? - The 30th president, Calvin Coolidge
  • How many presidents of America died on 4th July? Who were they? - 3, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe
  • When was 4th July declared as a National holiday? - In 1941
  • Which other countries celebrate the 4th of July? - Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and England.
  • Which American President was famous for playing golf every Fourth of July? - Dwight D. Eisenhower.
To keep everybody interested, especially the kids, you can make the get-together more enjoyable by playing different games. Here are some games that even adults are sure to enjoy.
The Deftest
  • Arrange for things related to colors in the flag, like balls, toys that are colored blue, red, and white.
  • Mark a circle, and keep these items in this circle.
  • See that the number of items is one less than the number of participants.
  • Play the music and ask the participants to move around the circle.
  • Each participant should grab an item when the music stops.
  • The one who is unable to grab anything is out of the game.
  • Continue till all the items are over.
  • The one who grabs the last item will be the winner.
Treasure Hunt
  • Prepare two teams from the available participants.
  • Collect or prepare two sets of things for the two teams, related to 4th of July. You can use symbols of national importance like, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty bell, the Bald Eagle, Rose, pictures of the Founding Fathers, and the American flag.
  • Arrange these things at different locations.
  • You can use the questions related to the things mentioned above as clues for reaching the hidden items.
  • Keep the American flag as the last item to be found.
  • The team which reaches the flag first wins the game.
Tug of War
  • Arrange for a rope and tie blue, red, and white streamers to the center of the rope. Alternatively, make a rope that is red, blue, and white in color.
  • Divide the participants into two teams.
  • Mark a straight line on the ground.
  • Draw two parallel lines to this line at a distance of 15 feet.
  • Ask the two teams to hold the rope and stand outside those parallel lines, opposite each other.
  • Use a whistle to indicate the start of game.
  • While pulling the rope, the team that crosses its respective parallel line, loses the game.
Pin the Hat
  • A Fourth of July version of the popular "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" involves pinning a hat on Uncle Sam.
  • Search online, for an image of Uncle Sam and take multiple prints while cutting out the hat portion for kids or adults to pin.
  • Blindfold the participants and watch the fun as young and old try to pin a hat on Uncle Sam.
As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by backyard barbecues, parades and of course fireworks across the country. To ensure your party or celebration is festive for all those gathered, you can have 4th of July-themed cookies or dessert, along with the usual display of the flag, along with blue, red, and white decorations. So, go ahead and have a grand celebration this year. Happy 4th July!