July 4, 1776: The United States Declares Independence
On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress of the United States approved the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Declaration formally declared independence from Great Britain. Within days, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by all 13 colonies and formally signed by 56 members of the Continental Congress.
Although the Declaration of Independence was signed and adopted, the United States formally became an independent nation when the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783.
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Images: (1) Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776 / painted by J. Trumbull ; engraved by W.L. Ormsby, N.Y. (Library of Congress) (2) Declaration of Independence taken from the engraving made by printer William J. Stone in 1823. (National Archives)