Dog Bless America: 10 Pet-Friendly July 4th Events

Posted by Erin Ballinger

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!

1. 4th of July Dog Parade

Pineville, NC - The 4th of July Dog Parade welcomes pups to dust off their red, white and blue outfits for an afternoon of fundraising fun. The highlight is the Patriotic Dog Costume Contest at 4 p.m., which your pooch can enter for just $5.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Red, White and BOOM

McKinney, TX - Bring Fido to Red, White and Boom on July 3, a free event for the whole family. While dogs cannot attend the evening activities at the McKinney Soccer Complex, they are welcome to join you downtown for the hometown parade, and classic car, truck and cycle show. Afterwards, explore the outdoor dining options that downtown has to offer. The parade begins at 10 a.m.

6. Martinsville July 4th Celebration

Martinsville, IN - The Martinsville July 4th Celebration in welcomes leashed pups to enjoy live music from six different bands. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. at Jimmy Nash City Park, which will give Fido six hours of fun before the fireworks start at 10 p.m.

7. The HRCA July 4th Family Bike and Pet Parade

Littleton, 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 8:45 a.m.

8. Pawty in the USA at Barkhaus

Alexandria, VA - As DC Metro's first-ever dog-friendly bar and restaurant with attached dog park, Barkhaus is a logical gathering spot for canines in the capital. At their Pawty in the USA, pups are invited to strut their stuff in the Most Pawtriotic Costume Contest at 6 p.m. Drink specials will be served all day in commemorative reusable cups.

9. Bandera Annual Fourth of July Pet 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 and the parade starts at 10.

10. 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 Pet Contest on July 3. The lineup of events include a Little Miss & Mr. Firecracker Contest at 4:30 p.m., a Patriotic Pet Contest at 4:45., and a Patriotic Parade at 6. Furry revelers will want to leave before the fireworks launch at 9:30 p.m.

Do you plan on celebrating the 4th of July with your pet? Tell us where you’ll salute the stars and stripes with Fido! Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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