The Continental Congress declared independence from Britain on July 2nd.
In 1778, the Continental Congress was considering a critical letter to Gen. George Washington.
The 4th was simply when the Continental Congress approved the final wording of its independence declaration.
An assembly of delegates from the thirteen colonies (soon to become the thirteen states). It governed during the Revolutionary War and under the Articles of Confederation. The Continental Congress first met in 1774, before the revolution. When it reconvened in 1775, it organized for war against Britain and eventually passed the Declaration of Independence.