Happy Independence Day to everyone in the U.S.
Some links for quick history lessons:
This timeline from the Timepage.org gives contemporaries and cohorts of the various players and a listing of the events: The Revolutionary War Cycle of US History. I haven't seen this information previously compiled, so this one will probably get a future visit. The main website might be worth a look or two as well.
From US Gen net, the American Local History Network's Timeline of the American Revolutionary War. There is also more information if you backtrack the url.
Timeline: United States of America (BBC News; Country Profiles)
For the surface once over: History of the Fourth of July