By Danny Goodwin at Search Engine Watch
Happy Fourth of July to all of our readers in the United States! Just as barbecues and fireworks have become tradition on this date, so too have holiday Google Doodles. Today, Google has checked in with its 13th Independence Day themed logo celebrating America’s birthday.
This year’s red, white, and blue 4th of July Google Doodle, creatively features the message “This land was made for you and me,” lyrics penned by Woody Gurthrie in the 1940s for his anthem “This Land is Your Land.” On July 14, it will have been 100 years since Guthrie was born.
The Fourth of July is the second longest holiday honored by Google in the U.S. via special logos. Only Thanksgiving has a longer tradition, having first appeared in 1999, while the Fourth of July Doodle started in 2000.
Last year’s July 4 Google Doodle captured many parts of the country, from sea to shining sea, starting with Hawaii and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on the West Coast, all the way to fireworks lighting up the sky behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City on the East Coast, as well as several points in between.
Speaking of past Google Doodles, here’s a look back at all of Google’s July 4th holiday celebrations dating back to 2000. You’ll notice some similar American icons appear, such as the eagle, Liberty Bell, and Statue of Liberty. And if you’re disappointed in the lack of fireworks this year, check out past installments from 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011.
The first year – 2000 – Google actually ran a series over the course of a few days with characatures of the Founding Fathers running around the doodles.