Every year, “paw-triotic” Americans get together on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with their family and best friends. Every dog owner knows that this holiday can be a time of great stress for their pups, but there are ways to make the event fun for Fido. Whatever you decide to do on Independence Day, remember that your pooch’s well-being is the most important thing, so always play it safe.
Posted by Billy Francis
1. Take Your “Paw-triot” Out to Play
Spend Independence Day tiring your furry flag waver out before raucous festivities begin. Hopefully, she’ll sleep right through the fireworks and loud noises that may otherwise cause her distress. Why not pack a dog-friendly picnic and head to a secluded park for a game of Frisbee? Get your pooch used to the idea by feeding her treats from the disc and rolling it to her before throwing it. When you’re finished playing, dig into your picnic basket and pull out her favorite all-American treats. More active hounds might prefer a summer hike far from any fireworks to burn off those calories before a long nap on the couch.
2. Throw a Boat “Paw-ty”
Launching the party away from dry land is one way to steer clear of the crowds. Some lucky dogs can be first mates on their owner’s personal vessels, but for everybody else there are pet-friendly charters. Borrow a boat and explore lakes and rivers, or sail together along the coastline with your two- and four-legged loved ones. Check out these other water-based adventures for more aquatic inspiration on Independence Day.
3. Crack Open a Cold One
Breweries across the land are going all out to celebrate Independence Day. Rising Silo Brewery is hosting a July 4th Celebration that includes live music and a brand new beer release. Gypsy Circus Cider Company, Tennessee's first cidery, will be cooking out with a pet-friendly low country shrimp boil. And Triskelion Brewing Company invites Fido to join in the fun with live music and tasty brews at Up Dog. Partying at home this year? Grab Fido a six-pack of his favorite dog beer so he doesn’t feel like he’s missing out. The best part about canine brews is that they’re usually healthy and packed full of nutrients; if only the same could be said about human beers!
4. Attend a “Paw-rade”
Although there are fewer patriotic pet parades than usual this year, Fido can still strut his stuff at these awesome events. Avila Beach Annual 4th of July Doggie Parade is taking place on the promenade at Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo, CA. Your pooch can enjoy a quick dip in the Pacific or a game of fetch on the 2-mile stretch of sand afterwards. Patriotic Pooch Parade is being held in one of the best pet-friendly beach towns in the U.S., Wildwood, NJ. Dogs of all shapes and sizes show up each year to parade in patriotic garb alongside decorated bicycles. Not only do the best-dressed pups win a prize from the judges, but you can reward your good boy or girl with a visit to the huge red fire hydrant at nearby Wildwood Dog Park and Beach.
The people of Harrisburg are doing things a little differently this year with a July 4th Reverse Parade. Rather than gathering for the usual festivities, residents, businesses and small groups are invited to decorate their yard, driveway or home. Then, people (and pups) can drive past and vote for their favorite display online.
5. Host a Pet-safe BBQ
Grilling burgers on July 4th is about as American as it gets. Fido, how do you want yours? If Dad’s at the grill, you can choose between burnt or extremely burnt. Due to the high levels of salt in human BBQ grub, anything more than a nibble may upset your pup’s stomach. Make this delicious pet-safe cheeseburger instead.
6. Get Away on Independence Day
It’s never too late to book a vacation away from the revelry and noise of July 4th. As soon as Fido’s familiar with all the camping basics, take your pick from pet-friendly campsites across the country and experience your own independence from the humdrum of normal life. The beach is another “pup-ular” place to celebrate with friends and family. Carry on camping at a pet-friendly beachfront campground or upgrade with your Yankee Doodle Doggy to one of these lovely beachfront vacation rentals.
7. Dress to Impress
Whatever you’re planning this 4th of July, Fido should look the part. Dress your pooch up in this patriotic costume that gives a nod to Uncle Sam’s recognizable top hat and frilly dress. Okay, so maybe the frilly dress is just for your pup. You can also order an American flag wrap-around jacket from K9 CleanCoats. It’s rain, mud and snow resistant, which is great for those planning an outdoor adventure on July 4th. You can almost hear the national anthem when you look at it. For something a little more understated, pair this comfortable Old Glory dog collar with a stars and stripes dog bandana.
How will you celebrate with your patriotic pup on the 4th of July? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!
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