Google Doodle Wishes You a Happy Fourth of July

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Google celebrated Independence Day in the U.S. with the company’s 13th July 4-themed Doodle.

For Google of late, the design is fairly restrained — there’s no animation, games or puzzles, just the logo in red, white and blue with the words “this land was made for you and me” punctuated by an acoustic guitar for an “L.”

Google has been offering a Fourth of July Doodle since 1999, making it the second-longest running Doodle next to Thanksgiving, according to Search Engine Watch.

Though the Doodle doesn’t link to it, Google also dropped a video on Tuesday using the holiday as an occasion to drop a video making a plea for a free and open Internet. That video, promoted on Google’s Twitter account and on the bottom of Wednesday’s U.S. homepage, displays quotes from President Obama and Mitt Romney offering their support as “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays in the background, Jimi Hendrix style. Google was a vocal opponent of SOPA, a bill in the House of Representatives earlier this year that sought to punish websites that appear to run afoul of copyright laws.

What do you think of Google’s Doodle and video? Let us know in the comments and have a happy Fourth.

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