The Date July 4th isn’t Correct
Many believe that America’s Independence was declared on July 4th, 1776, as well as thinking the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776. However, neither is true!
July 4th was the date printed on the Declaration of Independence; however the Continental Congress actually declared independence from the British on July 2nd. The congress approved the final wording of the document two days later, hence the printed date. John Adams famously believed that July 2nd should be America’s birthday, even protesting Fourth of July celebrations because of the inaccuracy.
The exact date that the Declaration of Independence was signed has long been debated. While three of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, claimed they signed on July 4th, 1776, it was impossible that all delegates signed on the date. Not all 56 delegates were present on July 4th and didn’t sign the document until August 2nd.