The Quick Facts
The date is July 4th, 1776...
- The Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 at the Pennsylvania State House, Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
- This declaration said that the 13 colonies were independent, sovereign states and were no longer part of the British Empire.
- The colonies and the British Empire have been fighting each other in a Revolutionary War since the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which took place on April 19th, 1775.