July 4, 1776, was a Thursday. On that day in history, the American colonies declared independence from Great Britain and its monarch, King George III.
On Thursday, July 4, 1776, the provisional government of the 13 American colonies, known as the Continental Congress, adopted the Declaration of Independence. The declaration was issued 442 days after the first battle of the American Revolution. With the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress declared the 13 colonies an independent nation, free from the rule of King George III and Great Britain. Congress voted to approve the declaration on July 4, 1776 after revising Jefferson's original draft several times.