Independence Day 2017

Featured Content June 29, 2017 - July 4th is observed as the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire, but now the United States of America.

S. Doc. 111-4 - Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence, Pocket Edition

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Did you know?
  • The Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, 1776, but July 4, 1776, was the day when the delegates actually adopted the Declaration of Independence.
  • There is a message written upside-down across the bottom on the back of the Declaration of Independence that reads, “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” It’s thought that the text was added as a label.
  • In 1870, July 4 became a National holiday, but it was not until 1941 that the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all Federal workers.

Purchase a printed copy of "Constitution of the United States and Declaration of Independence" as well as related publications, from GPO's online bookstore.

Learn more about the History of Independence Day from the National Park Service’s History of Independence Day.