Events from the year 1776 in the
United States. This year is celebrated in the United States as the official beginning of its nationhood, with the
Declaration of Independence issued on July 4.
- February 27 – American Revolution:
Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge:
North Carolina Loyalists charge across Moore's Creek bridge near
Wilmington to attack what they mistakenly believe to be a small force of rebels. Several loyalist leaders are killed in the ensuing battle. The patriot victory virtually ends all British authority in the town.
- July 2 – American Revolution: The final (despite minor revisions) U.S. Declaration of Independence is written. The Continental Congress passes the
- July 4 – American Revolution:
United States Declaration of Independence. The United States officially declares independence from the
- July 8 – American Revolution: The
Liberty Bell rings for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
- July 9 – American Revolution: An angry mob in
New York City topples the equestrian statue of
George III in
- July 29 – Francisco Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, Francisco Atanasio Domínguez, and eight other Spaniards set out from Santa Fe on an eighteen-hundred mile trek through the American Southwest. They are the first Europeans to explore the vast region between the Rockies and the Sierras.
- September 1 - Invasion of Cherokee Nation by 6,000 patriot troops from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina begins. The troops destroy thirty-six Cherokee towns.
- September 7 – American Revolution: World's first
submarine attack. American submersible craft
Turtle attempts to attach a
time bomb to the hull of British Admiral
Richard Howe's flagship HMS Eagle in
New York Harbor.
- September 11 – American Revolution: The British and Americans meet at the
Staten Island Peace Conference seeking to end the revolution. The meeting is brief and unsuccessful.
- September 15 – American Revolution: British land on
- September 16 – American Revolution:
Battle of Harlem Heights is fought, and won, making it Washington's first battle field victory.
- September 22 – American Revolution:
Nathan Hale executed in
New York City for espionage.