When did the US declare its independence ? July 2 or July 4? Author: Kamala Budhathoki 'Sarup'When did the U.S. declare its independence from Great Britain? Incorrect answer: July 4, 1776. Correct answer: July 2, 1776. Reason: The delegates voted for independence on July 2; therefore, independence was effective immediately. However, the documentation had to be formalized, which took 2 more days. It was publicized on July 4, which became the traditional date for observing independence. Yes, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved a formal Declaration of Independence, drafted byColumn: News Read more about When did the US declare its independence ? July 2 or July 4?