You know that Independence Day is actually today, right? Look it up. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress approved the resolution (introduced by Virginia, no matter what people from Massachusetts want you to think) that the American colonies were free from the political control of Great Britain.
So why do people think it’s the fourth?
(“See? It says it right there on the top!”)
They voted for the text of the Declaration on the fourth, after having removed Jefferson’s accusation that the King was responsible for black slavery in the colonies. In the Enlightenment, they knew that some levels of hyperbole were beyond the pale.
Happy Independence Day.