Dog-Friendly Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in MN

Dog lovers gear up for July 4th with caution, knowing some celebration components are NOT pup-friendly. Case in point, Fido and fireworks are a potentially problematic pair, leaving many dogs shaking in fright or bolting off in a blind panic. As such, we have to paws here and recommend that you visit the websites of the events listed in this article so you are informed of when you can expect fireworks to be worked into the festivities and can plan accordingly!

But it’s not all gloom and boom: We now shed our doggy-downer vibe to share that you can safely celebrate with your dog. (It goes without saying that these ideas are 1) only good for your pup if the weather isn’t crazy hot, and 2) for leashed, well-behaved dogs with attentive owners willing to pick up their poo.)

Read on for our suggestions.

View a paw-rade (all on Wednesday, July 4):

  • Along Main Street in Afton; starts at 12:30pm
  • Starting on Pennock Avenue in Apple Valley; starts at 1pm-3pm 952 953-2300
  • Near Edina City Hall; starts at 10am
  • Along Water Street in Excelsior; starts at 11am (heads-up: this is a kid’s bike parade, but is still family and pup-friendly fun!) 
  • 70th Street starting at Harriet Avenue, heading East to 12th Avenue in Richfield; starts at 1:15pm

Sniff out a community celebration:

  • Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4: Eagan’s July 4 Funfest features two, chock-full days of festivities including a carnival, Texas Hold’em, a parade, and fireworks.
  • Wednesday, July 4: The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board invites you to take Rover to the riverfront for their annual Red, White, and Boom event, featuring half marathon and 5K runs, live music, a lively Family Fun Zone, and, of course, fireworks at 10pm.
  • Wednesday, July 4: St Paul’s Fourth in the Park offers a fun-filled day for you and your fur-baby, including a parade, short-distance runs, food trucks and refreshments, sports tournaments, music, and more. 

@gusgusinthecity is the most festive pup we ever did see.

This is just paw-ful of events for a fun Fourth with Fido — you can find tons more parades and events here and here (do make sure to do your doo diligence to determine dog-friendliness). You can also check out our dog-friendly directory, which is packed with restaurants, breweries, farmers markets, wineries, and more for the 4th and beyond.

Have Fun While Staying In

Some pups can be very easily overwhelmed by loud noises, live music, and big crowds. Luckily, dogs with sweet duds are one of the best parts of the Fourth! Snap ‘n share your furry friend’s outfits on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and tag with #SidewalkDog so we can take part in your fun. 

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