It's Independence Day in the U.S., which observes the signing of the Declaration of Independence. America has celebrated every July 4th for 237 years. Today's Google Doodle once again marks the 4th of July, as Google has done every year since 2000, making it the second longest running holiday honored by Google (behind only Thanksgiving).
Today's Google Doodle is interactive. Featuring a family of animated dogs, clicking through the Doodle will take you through a series of 13 fun road trip style photos featuring the animated family in various U.S. locations – such as at Mount Rushmore, a baseball stadium, stopping for ice cream, and at the Statue of Liberty.
The interactive Doodle concludes with an snapshot of the family enjoying fireworks in the night sky.
This is followed by Google wishing everyone "Happy July 4th, 2013" via a scrawled note beneath the American flag.
Google then sends users to a search for [When is Independence Day?], which is probably one of the most pointless pages to send users to. Hint: it's today!
The Doodle is somewhat reminiscent, though much more elaborate, than the 2011 Fourth of July Google Doodle, which featured assorted places represented by landmarks from sea to shining sea – from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to the Statue of Liberty in New York.
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.
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.