Stage 3: National Finals

The National History Bee’s final stage is the National Finals, which sees students from all across the United States compete for the title of National History Bee Grand Champion! The National Finals are held each year during an exciting weekend of competitions and activities!

All National Finals participants should have received a Confirmation Email when they registered and this INFORMATION EMAIL on May 20th.

Date / Location

The National Finals will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Friday, June 1st, and Saturday, June 2nd. Attendees can book their room at the Marriott through THIS LINK. The National History Bee rounds are scheduled as follows:

All students will participate in a series of exam and buzzer rounds on Friday to see which students advance to additional buzzer rounds on Saturday. Rules for the exam and buzzer rounds are identical to the Regional Finals. All participants must Check-In on Thursday (3PM-9PM) OR Friday (6AM – 12PM) in order to pick up their name badge, program, and preliminary schedule.

Students can register via the official Registration Form they received at the National History Bee Regional Finals. The registration fee for the National History Bee National Finals is $150.


Students must have qualified via the Regional Finals to be eligible to participate in the National Finals.

2018 National Finals Divisions
Eighth Grade Division (8th Grade)
Seventh Grade Division (7th Grade)
Elementary Division (6th Grade & Under)
Students only compete against other students in their grade division.

For a refresher on the Buzzer Round Rules, check out the video!

Other Activities

The weekend of the National Finals contains a number of other activities for students, parents, and teachers alike!

National History Bowl

All teams will compete in 8 Preliminary Rounds across Friday and Saturday, with the top 8 teams advancing to a Championship Bracket on Saturday afternoon. Check out the bowl format here!

Citizenship BEE

A test of all things red, white, and blue: American history, geography, civics, and culture! Each participant will compete in their two (2) assigned Buzzer Rounds at 7PM after which the top 8 scorers in each Grade Division will advance to an 8PM Championship Round using the same ACE (25) Buzzer Rules

Sports & Entertainment History Bee

The Sports & Entertainment Bee will begin at 7PM in Exam Room 2 where each participant will take an Exam using the ACE Exam Rules followed by a Buzzer Round at 8PM. The top 8 scorers in each Grade Division after both rounds will advance to a Chamionship Round using the same ACE (25) Buzzer Rules. The content distribution breaks down to 25% music, 25% movies, 25% sports, and 25% tv/internet.

ACE Family Night

Teams of up to four people answer exam questions on a tablet to determine a prize winner for each round and an overall grand champion! The event will be held in Exam Room 1 from 7PM to 9PM on Saturday night. The event uses the ACE Exam Rules and refreshments are served throughout!