ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
June 7, 1776
The Lee Resolution is Proposed Declaring the Thirteen
Colonies to be Independent of the British Empire
On this day in 1776, the Lee Resolution, also known as the Resolution of Independence was proposed by Richard
Henry Lee of Virginia based on the instructions he received from the Virginia Conventions.
Support for independence was finally achieved and approved on July 2, 1776. The Declaration of Independence which
formally explaining the reason for the approval of the resolution, was approved on July 4.
This marks the date that we celebrate our independence even though the delegates did not sign the Declaration of
Independence until August 2 after hundreds of copies had been distributed to the public.