Did you know that 3 U.S. Presidents have died on July 4th? We really should celebrate July 2nd (not the 4th)? July 4th is one of the 4 federal holidays that are celebrate on the same day every year.
See more at: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.