The actual vote for independence took place two days on July 2, 1776. John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”

However, the official adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress happened on July 4, 1776, and that date became our official Independence Day.

America America may God protect your soul
from sea to shining oceans Oh, hear our prayers and calls
we wish to fly and glide as seagulls side by side—
to live at last in liberty and justice and with pride.

©Yakira Shimoni Fulks
May 28, 2023| Temecula, California