4th of July

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Survey reveals that 2 in 3 young adults don’t know who America declared its independence from in 1776!

NEW YORK — Independence Day may be synonymous with summer, but one survey found many Americans should go back to school! It turns out one in three people don’t know how to spell “independence” — and even fewer know why Americans celebrate on the Fourth of July!

Specifically, the 2022 poll of 1,030 Americans, commissioned by Lawsuit.org, found over a third spell independence incorrectly. Moreover, researchers add that internet searches for “how to spell independence” skyrocket by 85 percent during the July 4th holiday weekend.

The most common way people misspell this important word in the American lexicon is by using an “a” — spelling it “independance.”

Other common misspellings include independense, indpendence, indiependence, and independents — which is actually a real word, but there’s no such thing as Independents Day.

Are you an indepen-dunce?

Spelling isn’t the only thing giving many people trouble on the Fourth of July. Last year’s survey also discovered that plenty of respondents deserve an F in American history.

As most elementary school students could tell you, July 4th commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 — signaling the nation’s freedom from British rule. However, the poll found two in three young adults in Gen Z don’t know who America declared its independence from.

In fact, one in three Gen Zers think July 4th celebrates America’s independence from the Native Americans!

Overall, less than 58 percent of all respondents correctly answered that America gained its freedom from Great Britain. Nearly eight percent said “Europe.” Over eight percent said “South America” and more than 12 percent chose “none of the above!” Perhaps these respondents think the sci-fi blockbuster “Independence Day” is a documentary.

July 4th knowledge
(Credit: Lawsuit.org)

The embarrassing American trivia doesn’t end there. The poll also found plenty of people who need a refresher course on the American flag.

One in 10 respondents didn’t know how many stripes are on the American flag. While red, white, and blue may be easy to remember, the poll discovered that the average American thinks there are 14 stripes on the flag — instead of the correct answer of 13, which symbolize the original 13 colonies.

So, regardless of how you spell it, Happy independance… independense… (oh, the heck with it) Happy Fourth of July!

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200 Comments

  1. loser576 says:

    We need to learn to separate America from the United States.

  2. Bruce Abbott says:

    My 12-year-old grandson was so astounded at the ignorance of college students stumbling over basic geography questions on YouTube that he memorized every country in the world and their capitals. As a reward, he gets to go to Ireland and Spain this Fall.

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      Very good. Is he going there permanently?

      I ask because America will no longer exist when he is 17.

      Destroyed by 50 years of continuous Republican Treason.

      1. Bruce Abbott says:

        No just a two-week visit. His DNA indicates that he’s 68% Southern European, 18% Syrian, and the rest Indiginous Indian, a beautiful little mutt. He wants to visit Andalusia and see the Straights of Gibraltar.

  3. Steve says:

    Most Canadians (and citizens of countries around the world…) believe we are watching the USA in the intermediate stages of self-destruction. For some reason, Americans seem to have more faith in the utterances of various hill-billy militia and the ultra-right, than scientists’. The fact that a politician like Marjorie Taylor Greene was just re-elected and that Trump still has such a strong base, pretty much sounds the country’s death knell.

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      Steve is absolutely correct, in the way Canadians feel, and in their projections of America’s very near future.

      The rest of the world pretty much thinks the same thing.

      Republican treason has made America the laughing stock of the entire world.

  4. Ricardoh says:

    Look at how they vote. They have no clue.

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      “I love the poorly educated.” – Donald Trump

      LOL!

  5. Pedro says:

    This is a public school problem. If these kids do not know the answer to this question we need to look to the schools not doing their job. Instead of teaching CRT maybe they should teach the real history of the US.

    Theory is just that, A thought or research into a subject. NOT a definitive explanation of the history of, or a doctoral dictation, of the reality of an idea. An idea has a constructed outcome of the hypothesis and as such does not constitute reality.

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      Texas educator group proposes referring to slavery as “involuntary relocation”
      in second grade curriculum

      A group of republican Texas educators have proposed to the Texas State Board of Education
      that slavery should be taught as “involuntary relocation” during second grade
      social studies instruction.

      Part of the proposed draft standards that were obtained by The Texas Tribune
      say that students should “compare journeys to America, including voluntary
      Irish immigration and involuntary relocation of African people during colonial

      This process comes as the state’s public education system has become heavily
      politicized, from lawmakers passing legislation on how race and slavery should
      be taught in schools to conservative political action committees pouring huge
      amounts of money to put more conservatives on school boards that promise to get
      rid of curriculum and programs they deem are divisive and make white children

  6. Tom Nelson says:

    I thought we gained our independence from England and not Great Britain??? Wasn’t Great Britain (UK) formed in 1922? What am I missing here?

    And doesn’t that graph show that 2 out of 3 (not 1 out of 3) got the answer sort of correct?

  7. Tom Nelson says:

    Ooops, title does say 1 out of 3 and and 2 out of 3. . . My mistake.

  8. NLA says:

    So pubic schools suck at teaching? No surprise. All they “teach” kids anymore is how to pass mandated tests. No learning happens. Get the government out of education. If the schools are now able to actually teach, the best schools will stand out during testing for college acceptance.

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      Republicans put government into education so they could destroy education.

      But education isn’t really the problem in America.
      The problem is the failure of American Culture.

      No time to learn when you are grubbing for dimes.
      No point in learning when you have a few dimes.

  9. MarkinSTLMO says:

    I bet if you polled the about the use of pronouns, intersectionality, critical race theory, how horrible capitalism is, how wonderful socialism is, how Trump incited an insurrection, they would have no problem spouting the indoctrination of the education system, the lamestream media and the DNC.

  10. Greldon says:

    Liberal education. They only indoctrinate youth to be leftist idiots, not to educate.

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      Scientists don’t vote Republcian.

  11. WhiteHat says:

    Try polling people who didn’t just get here illegally next time.

  12. Josh Wright says:

    This is our fault for not teaching these kids history. Sorry ’bout that Z.

  13. Trenton says:

    This is what happens when you have too many immigrants. You get a country of retards who dont know anything about America and the Gen Z lost 2 years of school because of covid so they will be retards as well. America is doomed in roughly 20 years. Its over, start preparing now. The democrats f**ked us for votes

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      Doomed for 20 years?

      LOL.. You have been doomed for the last 40 years.

      And while you were jabbering nonsense about “American exceptionalism”, the world was laughing at you, and your obvious path to oblivion.

      Americans can now smell the rotting flesh of their country, but can’t believe that they have been an ignorant and willing participant in their own nation’s death.

      Civil War is upon you.

  14. Jenna R. says:

    Government schools with their unionized teachers do not educate. Most partents don’t care.

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      Why should the parents care? They don’t make any money from caring?

  15. Jack Sr says:

    Reporters claims do not align with his chart. As a former mathematics teacher, I find this poorly written inaccurate story to be very sad.

  16. David Allan Smith says:

    Not shocked they are taught now if they are a boy they should be a girl and vice versa and they owe blacks a living and to trust a lying corrupt government to get the vaccines and it is normal to have two daddys and two mommies and it is OK to kill a unborn miracle from God and that God does not exist and we wonder why things are like they are now fighting to stop oppression is not important anymore If they read history they would see every race and nationality was slaves in the USA I think the Indians got it the worse I have heard whites called ho’s crackers racist and honkies but I have not heard what they call another black like those in Chicago and other places who kill blacks I guess because it is OK because it is a black killing a black. How come the news doesn’t report the black cops who kill blacks and whites

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      David Allan Smith, is a trained barking dog, and is upset that the world is leaving him behind.

      Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww… Poor Baby…

      We will rattle a rattle in honor of you when you come to your end.

      Then we will laugh.

  17. David Allan Smith says:

    Vendicar you mock Trump and loathe Republicans so tell me you wisdom on Joe Biden Hunter Biden The Clinton’s Aoc Pelosi you must love those people would you like me to go down the list??

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      Hunter Biden like his Sister are drug abusers who are self destructive.

      Biden sees the world correctly, but like most of the old geezers in the Democratic party, they lack the guts to take on and wipe out the Republicans.

      So in the coming American Civil war, bullets will be used to do that.

  18. David Allan Smith says:

    My last comment was not allowed so much for free speech Maybe thought I would hyrt someones feelings get over it

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      That is odd because above, one Republican writes…

      “The failed California liberal experiment is proof of where the country is going. What good has come out of California? Yet liberals are enthralled with it. Failure since the late 90’s has caught up with the state. Now a plague that has crept into everything it touches nationwide.

      Bring on the the civil war, I have a bullet for ever liberal media member that pushes communism, death of America, and the “me” agenda.”

  19. David Allan Smith says:

    my comments all not allowed I will just get off this site when you can’t voice your opinion then you become a slave

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      America is rife with censorship.

      Typically in America, censorship allows Republicans to spread lies, while the truth is censored.

      Americans hate free speech.

  20. Mike W says:

    Nowadays the comments section of every online article is full of Americans tearing each other apart. This is particularly depressing when it’s about 4th of July ‘celebrations’. It looks like you all want independence from each other!

    Interesting article. I think it’s universally common that a lot of people no longer understand the origins of their most famous national holidays and celebrations.