Here are the answers to my little quiz.
1. The declaration was signed on August 2, 1776. On July 2nd, 1776, congress voted to declare independence. July 4th was the date that the document's wording was approved.
2. Paul Revere, of course, was the most famous of the riders. William Dawes was sent out at the same time to take a longer route to Lexington from Boston. Their mission, of course, was to warn John Hancock and Sam Adams that the British Regulars were on the move towards Lexington. (He didn't yell 'The British are coming!' either. As they were all British at the time.)
3. George Washington was a Colonel in the British Army and led troops into Canada to try and move the French out. He was not successful.
4.The War ended in 1783 with the signing of peace documents done in Paris, France.
5.True. Up until the very Declaration, there were many who were still hoping for a way to reconcile. If only the Crown had repealed the heavy taxes and allowed Americans to produce some of their own goods... we'd still be British. Sort of like Canada.
I think I'll set off some fireworks on August 2nd, and have my own little parade down the street... dress up Phebo in red, white and blue. My poor neighbors!