On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
Did you know? In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. The nation's estimated population on this July 4 is 316.2 million.