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Do You Think You Know Enough About U.S. Holidays And Geography To Pass This Quiz?

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Marked by the biggest parade in New York City and a green Chicago River, what holiday is celebrated in mid-March?

St. Patrick’s Day

Memorial Day

Groundhog Day

Thanksgiving

St. Patrick’s Day
New York City hosted a St Patrick’s Day parade, held annually since 1762, and it is the largest and oldest parade in the world celebrating the holiday.

With a national holiday in his name, who is the only non-president with a memorial on the National Mall?

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Christopher Colombus

Ben Franklin

Mark Twain

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.

Originally a historic Franciscan mission, what landmark (pictured here) is definitely one to “remember”?

The Alamo

San Miguel Mission

Taos Pueblo

Acoma Pueblo

The Alamo
The Alamo Mission, commonly called the Alamo and originally known as the Misión San Antonio de Valero, is a historic Spanish mission and fortress compound founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries in what is now San Antonio, Texas, United States.

The only place where crocodiles and alligators coexist, what American marsh is one of the largest wetlands in the world?

The Everglades

Okefenokee Swamp

The Ozarks

The Sundarbans

The Everglades
The Everglades is a natural region of tropical wetlands in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Florida, comprising the southern half of a large drainage basin within the Neotropical realm. These species typically inhabit different ecosystems, but in the Everglades, crocodiles, and alligators can be found living together in the wild.

Cutting a border between Texas and four Mexican states, what river separates Mexico from the U.S.?

Rio Grande

Colorado River

Snake River

Red River

Rio Grande
The Rio Grande, Spanish Río Grande del Norte, or (in Mexico) Río Bravo, or Río Bravo del Norte, is the fifth longest river in North America, and the 20th longest in the world, forming the border between the U.S. state of Texas and Mexico.

More than 100 cities in the U.S. have replaced Columbus Day with what more inclusive holiday?

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Rosa Parks Day

Labor Day

International Peace Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Since the 1990s, a growing number of states have begun to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day – a holiday meant to honor the culture and history of the people living in the Americas both before and after Columbus’ arrival.

Home to Antelope Island, what is the largest (and saltiest) natural lake west of the Mississippi?

Great Salt Lake

Soda Lake

Deep Springs Valley

Salton Sea

Great Salt Lake
The Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere, and the eighth-largest terminal lake in the world. It lies in the northern part of the U.S. state of Utah, and has a substantial impact on the local climate, particularly through lake-effect snow.

The second oldest European-established capital city in the Americas, San Juan is the capital of which U.S. territory?

Puerto Rico

Cuba

Guam

U.S. Virgin Islands

Officially dedicated to “the American people,” where does the largest arch in the world stand?

St. Louis

St. Paul

St. Augustine

San Francisco

St. Louis
Gateway Arch, a monument in St. Louis, Missouri, sits along the west bank of the Mississippi River. The Gateway Arch takes its name from the city’s role as the “Gateway to the West” during the westward expansion of the United States in the 19th century.

With the Hoover Dam built upon it, what river carved out the Grand Canyon over millions of years?

Colorado River

Snake River

Rio Grande

Blue River

Colorado River
The Colorado River is one of the principal rivers (along with the Rio Grande) in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Starting in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado in Grand Lake, Colorado, the river flows generally southwest across the Colorado Plateau and through the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead on the Arizona–Nevada border, where it turns south toward the international border.

Located in the Cascade Mountains, what is the deepest lake in the United States?

Crater Lake

Lake Chelan

Lake Tahoe

Lake Superior

Crater Lake
At 1,943 feet (592 meters), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the deepest in the world. The depths were first explored thoroughly in 1886 by a party from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Draining all or part of 32 states, which river has the greatest watershed in the U.S.?

Columbia River

Mississippi River

Arkansas River

Yukon River

Mississippi River
The Mississippi River drains an area of about 3.2 million square kilometers (1.2 million square miles) including all or parts of 32 states and two Canadian provinces, about 40% of the continental United States.

Containing ten percent of the world’s fresh surface water, what is the largest lake in the U.S.?

Lake Champlain

Great Salt Lake

Lake of the Woods

Lake Superior

Lake Superior
Lake Superior is the largest and northernmost of the Great Lakes of North America, and among freshwater lakes, it is the world’s largest by surface area and the third-largest by volume. It holds 10% of the world’s surface fresh water.

What mountain range is the oldest in the U.S. and also has the longest hiking-only trail in the world?

Blue Ridge Mountains

Appalachian Mountains

Cascade Range

Tetons

Appalachian Mountains
The trail passes through 14 states and is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are rerouted or modified. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy describes the Appalachian Trail as the longest hiking-only trail in the world.

One of the most photographed vistas in the country, which state capital is bordered by Diamond Head?

Boston

Honolulu

Tallahassee

Boston

Honolulu
You’ll find natural beauty around every corner here in Hawaii, but there is one vista that is photographed more than any other – and that is the city of Honolulu as seen from the summit of Diamond Head.

Coincidentally, three of our Founding Fathers died on Independence Day, a holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Which of the following is NOT one of them?

Alexander Hamilton

James Monroe

Thomas Jefferson

John Adams

Alexander Hamilton
It is a fact of American history that three Founding Father Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe died on July 4, the Independence Day anniversary. But was it just a coincidence? On July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the fifth President, died at the age of 73 at his son-in-law’s home in New York City.

Celebrated on a Monday in February, Presidents’ Day originally honored the birthday of which president?

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Abraham Lincoln

George Washington

Thomas Jefferson

George Washington
The birthday of U.S. President George Washington (February 22) was first celebrated as a federal holiday in the United States in the 1880s. In 1968 the holiday was adapted to also honor the birth of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and moved to the third Monday in February.

The U.S. has more than 12,000 miles of coastline. Which of the following is NOT a body of water that touches the U.S.?

Pacific Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

Gulf of Mexico

Hudson Bay

Hudson Bay
Hudson Bay sometimes called Hudson’s Bay is a large body of saltwater in northeastern Canada with a surface area of 1,230,000 km2 (470,000 sq mi). It is located north of Ontario, west of Quebec, northeast of Manitoba, and southeast of Nunavut, but politically entirely part of Nunavut.

Home to Old Faithful and its own grand canyon, what national park became the first of its kind in the world?

Yosemite National Park

Arches National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Zion National Park

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is an American national park located in the western United States, largely in the northwest corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world.

Formerly home to a naval facility and now a wildlife refuge, which U.S. territory played a part in WWII?

Halfway Atoll

All-the-way Atoll

Midway Atoll

Partway Atoll

Midway Atoll
Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. It was World War II that conclusively demonstrated the strategic importance of Midway. In 1940 the U.S. Navy began work on a major air and submarine base there.

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