How did the Declaration of Independence end up in the United States?

By issuing the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the 13 American colonies severed their political connections to Great Britain. The Declaration summarized the colonists’ motivations for seeking independence.

When did America get independence from Britain?

July 4, 1776

With the Declaration of Independence complete, the Continental Congress voted to adopt it on July 4, 1776. It was received with great fanfare, and July 4—not July 2—is celebrated as the anniversary of American independence.

What two events led up to the Declaration of Independence?

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  • The Stamp Act (March 1765)
  • The Townshend Acts (June-July 1767)
  • The Boston Massacre (March 1770)
  • The Boston Tea Party (December 1773)
  • The Coercive Acts (March-June 1774)
  • Lexington and Concord (April 1775)
  • British attacks on coastal towns (October 1775-January 1776)