Everyone knows that Independence Day is celebrated on July 4. But, did you know that Independence Day was really on July 2? July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence. John Adams wrote that fireworks and celebration would commemorate July 2. He was almost right; we do remember the historic event, but just on a different date.

So, why do we celebrate Independence Day on July 4? July 4, 1776 was the first time that the Declaration of Independence was published, and the first time that the general public heard the famous opening lines. While the Declaration of Independence was marked as signed on July 4, 1776, it wasn’t actually signed until August 2 of the same year.

And, as we all know, what followed after the publication of that document is…history. From all of us at Graham & Mauer, P.C., we wish you a safe and happy Independence Day…no matter which day you choose to celebrate it.

For more information on the history of Independence Day, click here. 

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