July 4, 1776 – United States declares independence

July 4, 1776 – United States declares independence

After a decade of economic conflict with Great Britain, the 13 colonies answer King George III’s flat refusal of political reform with a call for revolution. On July 4, 1776, more than 14 months after the first volleys of the war were fired at Lexington, the Second Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence. Seven years later, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris with Britain, the United States officially became a free and independe8nt nation.