On This Day

What Happened on July 2, 1776

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

At the Continental Congress, John Dickinson abstains from the votes that declare independence

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States"
  • New Jersey gives the right to vote to all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds
1776 Highlights

About July 2, 1776

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 244 years, 3 months and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Cancer