July 4 can be known for picnics, brilliant fireworks displays, jubilant festivals and patriotism. However, little is known about the interesting things that happened on the same day this US National Day.
1776 – The US Congress passed an independent statement on July 2
John Adams, the second President of the United States after George Washington wrote that the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia voted to declare independence on July 2, not July 4, the day Congress Chairman John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence. President John Adams concluded “July 2” will become the most memorable national holiday in American history. However, on July 4, the official announcement date was chosen as the American Independence Day.