Looking for something safe and fun to do with your pup on Independence Day? Check out these pet-friendly July 4th celebrations around the country. These events take place during daylight hours, so your canine compatriot can enjoy them without worrying about fireworks. Plus, getting him out and about is one of our pet tips for July 4th. This year, let Fido don his best red, white and blue outfit and participate in one of these patriotic "pawties" around the country!
Colonial Williamsburg July 4th Celebration
Williamsburg, VA - Relive colonial history on the day America declared its independence at the Colonial Williamsburg July 4th Celebration. Special events for the day include public readings of the Declaration of Independence, a muster by the Virginia Military Garrison, and a musical salute to our nation by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. Dogs are permitted throughout Colonial Williamsburg with the exception of the buildings. Fido might want to leave before the dazzling fireworks display at 9:20 p.m.
Fireworks-Free Fourth of July at Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach, OR - Not quite a parade but definitely dog-friendly, Fireworks Free Fourth of July at Cannon Beach invites patriots on two legs and four to beautiful Cannon Beach, where they can watch tufted puffins parade around Haystack Rock and gather around a bonfire at night.
4th of July Family & Dog Parade
Foster City, CA - Silicon Valley's free Independence Day event combines a family parade and dog show into one grand "pawty." Decorate your wagons, bikes and your furry friend in stars and stripes, and enter your pup into a contest. Categories include Most Patriotic, Most Handsome Male, Most Beautiful Female, and (our favorite) Fastest Eater. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at the William E. Walker Recreation Center.
Martinsville July 4th Celebration
Martinsville, IN - The Martinsville July 4th Celebration in welcomes leashed pups to enjoy free live music from Tastes Like Chicken, Blue River, GrooveSmash, and Austin James. Food trucks will be onsite, too. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. at Jimmy Nash City Park, which will give Fido five hours of fun before the fireworks start at 10 p.m.
The HRCA July 4th Family Bike and Pet Parade
Highlands Ranch, CO - Start your day in a celebratory way at this pet parade in the Denver area. Participants ride, strut or stroll along the parade route from Hepburn to the Town Center South parking lot. The free event starts at 8:30 a.m.
Bandera Annual Fourth of July and Patriotic Parade
Bandera, TX - Dogs are welcome at the annual Independence Day pet parade in this San Antonio suburb. The event is sponsored by the Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League and welcomes all pets (think horses, turtles, birds, cats, and of course, dogs) for free. Humans with no pets are even encouraged to get creative and dress up as one! Register your furry friend at 9 a.m. Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. and the parade starts at 10 a.m.
All-American 4th of July & Patriotic Pet Contest
Franklin, NC - Fido will feel like a true all-American at the All-American 4th of July & Patriotic Parade on July 3. Your pet can be part of Franklin's Annual Patriotic Parade at 11:00 a.m. While you go most places to see a parade, they actually invite you to participate! Deck Fido out in red, white and blue and walk or drive down Main Street. To join in, just be in the lower level of Franklin Town Hall for lineup beginning at 10:30 a.m.