Google Forgets American Flag In Fourth Of July Logo

Jul 4, 2011 • 8:26 am | comments (23) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos

Happy Fourth of July everyone and I hope you enjoyed the fireworks last night.

Like every July 4th, the search engines dress up their home pages with festive logos and themes to celebrate the day. Below I will post the logos from Google, Yahoo, Bing and for today. To see the past years logos see 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

One of the biggest complaints this year is that Google's logo, although nice, does not have an American flag!

Google July Fourth 2011 Logo

There are Americans and non-Americans that are bewildered by the glaring omission of the flag. Personally, I think all the landmarks in the logo make up for the flag not being in the logo. Of course, many would disagree with me.

Yahoo has an awesome flash logo:

Bing has a very proud theme:

Bing Logo

Ask Logo

DogPile surprised me by not having anything specific to July Fourth, but does have the old BBQ tip logo.

Here is our theme:

SER July Fourth

So as you can see, Bing and Google both don't have flags in the logo. I think they still both symbolize the Fourth of July and do justice.

keep in mind, Google didn't have a logo on Google Canada for Canadian Day.

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Red Baker

07/04/2011 01:52 pm

Google did not "forget" the Flag. They left it out on purpose, just like NBC left out "under God, indivisible" from their Pledge of Alliegance. This is leftist culture, subtly anti-American and un-American. The constant nudge toward not caring about the great nation and culture we have built. You have to constantly fight for freedom, and recognize enemies of the United States.


07/04/2011 02:28 pm

@Tom:twitter , I hope yours is a tongue-in-cheek comment. I find the claim that it is "anti-American" to not explicitly put in a flag to be simplistic and unimaginative. Since when did art "have to" do something? And is the concept of America so limited that the only way of representing it is to use a flag? If anything, your vision of what America is comes across as restrictive. It doesn't flatter America, a land with a rich history and great beauty. They don't have to put in a flag. What they do have to do is to convey the a sense that they are celebrating America's Independence day. And they have done just that. Anyone looking for the flag can readily see that the colors of the flag are well represented in the picture. So are recognizable American landmarks, symbols and locations. Sometimes artists employ subtlety in their works. That doesn't make it "less American" it makes it art. How is it that America, a land with such great literature and artists, has produced people who are scared to use their God-given ability of interpretation?


07/04/2011 03:09 pm

So they should be made to include the flag, in the name of 'freedom', right?


07/04/2011 04:09 pm

"..America, a land with a rich history and great beauty." - mmm, I must be missing from history class back here where I live :) couple hundreds of years are not rich at all... but great beauty, thats 100% true :)

Gary Keener

07/04/2011 05:40 pm

Art...? Hey 'Exe'.. why yes there are the colors of the American Flag. There are also the colors of the communist flags. And being 'art' I guess it's all in how we interpret it? There is no need for interpretation with google. We know where they stand. They are FAR left and they continue to disparage the symbols of our freedom which they use continue to capitalize on more than just about any other company in the world. Maybe you can interpret the Memorial Day logo for me. Oh, that's right there wasn't one. Why would they want to honor the dead who fought for their right to splash art.


07/04/2011 06:08 pm

No, they don't have to put in a flag, but they are making more of a statement in taking it out than they would have if they'd put it in, and that's what people are responding to. Just as they are making a statement wishing people a "Happy 4th" instead of a Happy Independence Day.


07/04/2011 06:23 pm

Reading into it a bit here, eh?


07/04/2011 07:11 pm

Rich is different than short.  Lots has happened in the past couple hundred years.  


07/04/2011 10:14 pm

The American flag is the symbol of our country and should be in anything commemorating our great nation.

Gail Gardner

07/04/2011 11:37 pm

Countries are going away; haven't you heard? Totally not surprising to me that there is no flag in the logo today or for Canadian Day or for any other day.   


07/05/2011 02:39 am

Does not our flag represent our country's "Independence?" Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? In a time when God is being banished, should we not at least stand up for our nation...One nation under God!!! I think it's a shame Google did not jump out ahead like they have with so many other days of celebration.


07/05/2011 03:51 am

My question is why is there a Japanese flag in the 4th of July Doodle?! Ok, ok, I know it's really a baseball against a red background. But did no one at Google think it looked maybe too similar to be appropriate? And nothing against Japan, it just made me do a WTF when I loaded Google just now.


07/05/2011 03:54 am

They do Memorial Day doodles now. If you want to be amazed, look at the Google Doodle archive and see what region-specific doodles they have. Muslim, Hindu, Japanese, East European. And then there's also some totally random stuff.


07/05/2011 11:30 am

Google has business interests all over the Globe. Maybe they do not want to overtly display Americanism in their July 4 Logo.  As it is, many people regard Google as a symbol of US Imperialism (ask Chinese). China had many run-ins with Google regarding blocking of searches, hacking etc. and US Govt. did side with Google.


07/05/2011 07:15 pm

I wonder why ... Could someone on Google tell us why?

Alert Atheist

07/06/2011 01:48 am

You do know that "One nation under God" was added in the 50s right?  America was founded on secular values and it should stay that way.

Alert Atheist

07/06/2011 04:27 am

"Under God" should be left out all the time, it should have never been put in in the first place...something that didn't happen officially until 1954 when it was lobbied in by the church.  Church and State belong separated, not intertwined.  God should be stricken from our currency and our pledge.


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Jerry Schnieter

07/02/2012 12:05 am

they probably left out the flag on purpose so people would notice that it was gone.

Mogatte Keldath

07/02/2012 12:11 am

I think the biological term for the disrupntence in the commom event Google calls a holiday through heart has no real true matter, but just to point it out, the prefullion, a large mistake that effects reviews on any common matter to choice. For all of those who complain or protest, please use the proper term, then the google editors will know that you are truly unhappy and maybe even fix the prefullion in their logo. Thank You for your cooperation.

Jose Jones

07/02/2012 12:14 am

that is a very good technique!


07/05/2013 01:11 pm

Shame on you Google for not proudly displaying the American Flag on July 4th, 2013....are you not a Proud American entity....being in a free country is the reason you have prospered and now you cower to the powers that be?!

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