No taxation without representation! This position of the citizens of the Thirteen Colonies against British rule was among the factors which catalyzed the War of Independence, creating a divide among our countrymen, patriots versus loyalists. In the years of 1775 - 1783 General George Washington's army is estimated to have lost 3000 or more men (source).
America has a proven history of attainment in fighting for her rights and for her freedoms. I live in humble gratitude to our service men and women (and their families) for their sacrifice to sustain our country's independence. Freedom has never been and never will be free.
The legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain actually occurred on July 2, 1776 when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence declaring the United States separate from Great Britain (source). According to our history, the formal signing of the Declaration of Independence occurred on July 4, 1776.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AMERICA!!
Enjoy your day off friends!