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The Second Continental Congress voted for independence 2 Jul 1776. The Declaration of Independence was adopted 4 July 1776 so it could be sent to the printer.* True independence was achieved when the colonial government and the King of England signed the Treaty of Paris 3 September 1783. So USers should be celebrating in two months time but knowing how they like to rewrite history… The origin of their own country is a perfect example. Anyone can declare anything but it is the achievement that counts. I’ll stick with real independence and the third of September.
*The majority of the Continental Congress members signed the document on 2 Aug. Not all signed and several signed the following year.
An earlier date of a declaration of independence from Great Britain could be argued when Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed 7 June 76 “all political connection is, and ought to be, dissolved.”