To my fellow Americans: happy Independence Day! As we all know, July 4th, 1776 marked the birth of the United States with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But here's my hot take for the day–we're celebrating the wrong date. (And no, John Adams nerds, I don't mean we should be celebrating July 2nd instead.) In my view, the real date of America's founding is a few years later, on May 12, 1784.