This is the date that the delegates from New York were given permission to vote for the resolution; therefore giving the Congress a unanimous vote.
John Adams even wrote to his wife Abigail and told her that July 2nd would be marked as a national holiday for generations to come.
Then why do we celebrate on July 4th?
We celebrate our nation's birthday on July 4th because that is the date that the final wording for the document was approved.
In August of 1776, Peter Timothy printed copies of the Declaration of Independence and brought the news of Independence to South Carolina. A public reading of the Declaration actually took place on the balcony of the Old Exchange Building in Charleston, SC.
Charleston, SC produced the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, Edward Rutledge, who was 26 at the time that he signed.
Fifty years after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence two of its drafters died on the same day.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826.