Every year on July 4, the United States of America celebrates the Fourth of July as the day that the U.S. declared independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War, and is one of the most beloved holidays throughout the year. However, what if I told you that July 4th was not in fact the day that the U.S. became an independent nation?
It is common knowledge that the Founding Fathers of the United States crafted the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July (Thomas Jefferson himself penned it), but a relatively obscure fact is that the Continental Congress voted to declare the U.S. a free nation on July 2, a full two days before the Declaration was made. Legally, the U.S. became an independent day on July 2; however the holiday is on the fourth. I think the reason why is obvious enough; the Declaration of Independence was a well-publicized announcement that caught the patriotic fever of a young nation and was created as an original American document, not one of British superiors. The Declaration of Independence also embodies American principle and continues to carry the heart of the nation through tomorrow.
America immediately began celebrating the publication of its most cherished ideas and in 1870, Independence Day became an official holiday. It has been 242 years since the Declaration of Independence was made, but we remember the sacrifices and triumphs of our American Revolution to this day.