July Fourth is the day we celebrate being a true American.
Some will choose to barbecue animals and watch fireworks. Others will hack into their neighbors' wi-fi, just to see who they've been e-mailing lately.
However you choose to spend the Fourth, you have to take one little look at Google's Independence Day doodle.
This is now something of a tradition -- the second most doodled day after Thanksgiving.
Last year, Google flirted with controversy in featuring Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is My Land," together with a cry for Internet freedom.
Perhaps the doodlers received a smack on the wrist, for this year they have devolved to the fail-safe of all Hollywood producers. Yes, dogs.
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Click on this interactive wonder and you can see various scenes of a family of cartoon dogs taking a road trip across this fair land.
I am sure there is no subliminal suggestion here that America has gone to the dogs (despite the feelings of -- one imagines -- at least some of the people attending today's NSA protests).
I am equally sure that just because these dogs have luggage on the roof of their car, it's not some oblique tease toward the rumor that a famous politician's dog once had to journey on a car roof.
It's just a celebration of sheer niceness, as the family goes to Mount Rushmore, an ice cream parlor, New York, and even the leftist enclave of the Left Coast: San Francisco.
Of course, it all ends in fireworks, as every important day should.
May your Fourth of July end in fireworks too.