Happy Fourth of July!

Our actual independence from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776 when the Second Continental Congress approved a resolution declaring the United States to be independent from Great Britain.

The Congress then looked at the wording of their statement, whose principal author was Thomas Jefferson. After much debate, the final version was approved on July 4, 1776. That document, entitled “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America”, became our Declaration of Independence.

National Archives -1823 Engrossed Copy facsimile

National Archives -1823 Engrossed Copy facsimile