In a patriotic themed episode of “Today I Found Out“, host Daven Hiskey explains why Americans annually celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, rather than on the day the Declaration of Independence was actually signed.
It’s also interesting to note that John Adams thought that July 2nd, not July 4th, would be celebrated in the future in the United States. …So why did he think July 2nd would be Independence Day and how did July 4th end up getting the nod instead? Because July 2nd is when the Second Continental Congress voted to approved a resolution of independence. Although nobody voted on or signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, that was the date the Declaration was announced to the world, and why it was ultimately chosen as Independence Day.