Party Animals: How to Throw Your Dog a Fourth of July Bash to Remember

As you prepare to celebrate America’s birthday, there’s no reason your furever friend can’t join in on the fun!

After all, the Fourth of July can be tough on dogs, given all of the fireworks noise. Here’s a trick: throw your pup such a good Fourth of July party that they snooze right through the explosive merriment once the sun goes down.

3 Ideas for a Dog-Friendly Fourth of July Party

Expand your backyard bash. There’s no better way to spend the Fourth than with your barbecue grill! As you head outside to grill and chill, make room for your dog to join in on the fun. Fill up a doggie pool for a sun-filled day of splashing and swimming. Make a comfy spot to relax in a patch of shade, the perfect spot for a quick doggie disco nap. While you’re grilling, prepare an extra bit of meat and/or veggies so that your pup can enjoy a freshly grilled feast, too.

Enjoy an adventure. The idyllic surroundings of woods, hills, prairies or beaches can be the perfect antidote to a noisy holiday. Grab leashes, water and plenty of snacks and head off the grid for a picturesque day with your favorite furry friend.

Plan a patriotic parade. Dress your dog in red, white, and blue and stroll through your neighborhood! Better yet, round up a few neighbors and their pups and make it a parade. Keep an eye on the weather — if it’s hot, schedule your parade in the morning hours to protect your pup’s paws from the sun-baked pavement. Once you’ve made your festive loop, celebrate with pupsicles, dog-friendly ice cream or another cool treat.

Don’t Forget the DIY

However, you plan to celebrate the Fourth with your delightful doggo, don’t forget the hands-on fun! Pick up a DIY cookie decorating kit at any Three Dog Bakery storefront, complete with three frosting colors, carob chips, and three cookie shapes.

Use the included pastry bags to decorate the cookies —a brightly colored striped flip-flop, perhaps, or a juicy slice of Wagamelon (use the carob chips to represent seeds). Don’t forget to make your own flag cookie, the star of any Fourth of July festivities!

If you can keep your pup away from the freshly decorated cookies long enough to snap a picture, share your canine-friendly creations on social media with #ThreeDogBakery. Happy Fourth — or better yet, Happy Furth!