On the 4th of July 1776, the Congress of a nascent colonial republic formally approved a declaration of its independence from the British Crown, preferring to fight for its freedom than succumb to tyranny. Inspired by the ideals of the enlightenment, the Patriots opposing the Britsih military were able to mobilize enough local support to mount a successful resistance and eventually persuade other great powers such as France and Spain to intervene on their behalf. within a year, the upstart colonial insurrection turned into a global conflict and sealed any hope of the British subduing their rebellious colonies. With the treaty of Paris, Great Britain recognized the sovereignty of the newly created United States and declared the cessation of all hostilities. Learn more about the history behind the US Independence day with this great infographic.