Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 when the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire but now part of the United States of America. In preparation for this patriotic observance, read the Declaration of Independence (printed as an appendix to the Pocket Constitution) or learn about the U.S. Flag and Great Seal.
"The Declaration of Independence was the promise; the Constitution was the fulfillment."
- Purchase a printed copy of the Pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence from GPO's online bookstore.
- Join the National Archives for their online and in person July 4th events.
- Learn about the Declaration of Independence on Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government.
- Learn about the history of Independence Day from the National Park Service and the Library of Congress.