Try to exercise your dog as much as you can in the hours before the fireworks start.
Getting your dog out and about earlier in the day will help to tire him out, and hopefully make him a little calmer once all the commotion finally begins. “Exercise can help ease anxiety and aid in relaxation,” Nicole Ellis, pet lifestyle expert with Rover.com, told The Dodo. “Take your dog for a long walk before the holiday festivities begin.”
Make sure his collar or harness is tight and secure. The day of the Fourth can still be busy and overwhelming, and if your dog gets nervous from the crowds or the noise, he may try to slip out of his collar or harness and run away.
Find a place where your dog feels comfortable.
Letting your dog have free reign of the house or yard while the fireworks are happening isn’t always the best idea. Even if the yard is fenced in or all the doors are locked, your dog still might find a way to get out. Put her in a room she’s comfortable in, like a bedroom, where she can snuggle up and wait out all the noise. It might help to close the curtains or blinds, too, so she isn’t caught off guard by all the flashing lights.