We have a holiday tradition at our house. Just before sunset I make sure all the doors and windows are closed tight and then I set up a comfortable spot for Morgan in the closet where he likes to hide when he's nervous. For the most part I stay right near him with treats. Playing background music to drown out some of the noise is recommended.
I know about things like this because I've learned from past mistakes. When I lived up in northern California along the Russian River I will never forget how my second golden got loose one holiday afternoon when neighbors across the river lit off some firecrackers. Luckily I found Willy safe up the hill at a friend's house. As this example shows it isn't just the night of the fireworks that problems can arise. One year, when we were visiting my family on Cape Cod, the people up the street lit off firecrackers for an entire week. It took constant vigilance to keep my dog secure.
People who have never had a canine or feline family member might not know what it's like for their pets and in the excitement of the celebrating it's easy to forget. So, my Independence Day wish for everyone is to have a safe and fun Fourth of July. But for all of our sake, before you rush off to get more sodas or another package of burgers and buns for the unexpected guests, take an extra minute to make sure your four-legged friends are secure and safe.