According to one of my professors, many historians label the Revolutionary war as a civil war rather than merely a war for independence. If you think about how the colonies were split between loyalists and revolutionaries, this statement makes a lot of sense. You had brothers fighting brothers, people snitching on their neighbors, and the identities of the armies were quite fuzzy.
However, history is a set of national narrations built to support agendas. For Americans, it sounds better to say we were simply fighting the British for independence and won in a glorious cinderella story. In England, the Revolutionary War is presented differently; they let the Americans win because they were more concerned with France at the time. And you remember the war of 1812? I know I don't. To Americans, that war is largely gleaned over, mainly known for giving us the Star Spangled Banner. To the Canadians it is "That war where we beat the Americans back. CA-NA-DA!!!"
It's really easy to get caught in our own narrative of our history, but I think it is definitely worth considering other view points. The truth is somewhere in the middle. Just don't consider about it while lighting fireworks--you might lose a few fingers.
And just for fun:
Lots of Love,