The Second Continental Congress votes to declare independence from Great Britain then refines the text of the Declaration of Independence. After the text is revised, the delegates sign the document and disseminate it to the colonists. George Washington reads the document to his local soldiers, and its words invigorate them to fight for independence.
Congress approves the Declaration of Independence which states that the colonies must be free and independent states. All delegates vote in favor of the document except for those from New York, who abstain from voting.