Friendly reminder to microchip your dogs, make sure their tags and chips are updated, and write your phone numbers in big black sharpie on their collars that can be read from a distance if you have the kind of dog who won’t readily approach people.
Get your doggies plenty of exercise on the 4th before the parties begin. Have their cozy hiding spots and/or crates ready for them. If you’re having people over, confine the dog(s) or make sure they can’t run out. Stay home with your pets if you don’t know how they’ll react to fireworks… You’d be surprised how panicked even the most well-adjusted dogs get!
I’ve worked and volunteered in pet care and rescue - I’ve seen the worst, so I tend to prepare for the worst. It’s a terrible time of the year for pets. Intake at the shelter is high (which here means kill rates also go up for want of space), lost animal reports are high, and number of pets hit by cars spikes. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your bestest buddies.