In the United States (US), Independence Day is a federal holiday commemorating
the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring
independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
The Day is also known as the Fourth of July, The Glorious Fourth, The
The legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on
July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of
independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.
It is a national holiday for American Samoa, Guam, Northern
Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands.
A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a salute to
the union, is fired only on Independence Day at noon.