We frequently talk about how effective leaders are also courageous leaders; who represents this better than the leaders who made Independence Day a reality?

Independence Day in any country is generally viewed as an important day to be celebrated. This is no different in the United States, where each 4th of July it commemorates its Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
–Harry Truman

In 1776 there were 56 individuals that were true leaders; they were courageous, they were risk takers, and they certainly weren’t fearful of change!

How much do you know about the 4th of July? Here’s some trivia to test your knowledge:


  1. What was the main reason the U.S. declared independence?
  2. Who proposed “Lee’s Resolution” on June 1, 1776, declaring that the United States be independent of Great Britain?
  3. Who approved the Declaration of Independence?
  4. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?
  5. In what city was the Declaration of Independence signed?
  6. Where does the word “patriotism” come from?


  1. Independence was declared due to tax without representation.
  2. Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed Lee’s resolution
  3. The Second Continental Congress
  4. 56
  5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  6. “Patriotism” comes from the Latin “patria” meaning “fatherland” or “homeland”

How many answers did you know? Wishing you courage to inspire change, and for our U.S. friends, have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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