Stars, Stripes and Safety: Keeping Pets Safe During July 4th Celebrations

July 01, 2021  
A dog looking up from laying on a towel.

Independence Day is a holiday characterized by warm weather, barbecues and fireworks. For many people, it is a time to celebrate with family and friends – including the furry ones.

But the holiday can also be dangerous and frightening for pets, especially the fireworks. Loud firework displays may cause pets to become frightened or disoriented, sometimes leading them to panic and even escape their yards and homes. This can result in a surge in the number of animals picked up or brought in to shelters by residents who find them. Below are a few safety tips from Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) that will keep pets safe on Independence Day:

  • Keep your pets secured INSIDE your home
  • Provide a safe spot from loud noises
  • NEVER use fireworks around pets
  • Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape
  • Have your pet properly identified/microchipped
  • Keep emergency contact information handy 

About the City of Jacksonville 

The City of Jacksonville is the largest city by land mass in the contiguous United States, serving approximately 900,000 residents. Located in Duval County, City of Jacksonville leadership includes the mayor and a 19-member City Council. To learn more about the City of Jacksonville, visit