Time for the DF's annual reminder that Independence Day is your pet's WORST Day of the Year. Ask any shelter worker -- sadly, some facilities still pre-kill this week to make room for the inevitable overflow stream of panicked strays who've been spooked by fireworks or other July 4th celebrations.
SO: Please, PLEASE leave Fido home if you are going to the Danville Parade. Not a year goes by without seeing some terrified pooch high-tailing it down Hartz with its people in futile pursuit. They're fast, but no match for a car. That's true even if you think Fifi's not gun-shy -- hell, those old shotgun-totin' gomers scare ME! Further, it'll be hot, Rover's wearing fur, his feet are bare on the hot pavement, and he's a Lot closer to it than you are.
Later, when you go out to see fireworks, leave your pets INside with no escape route -- screens are no barrier for them -- and leave the stereo or tv on -- preferably no 1812 Overture renditions. Garage if necessary, but no tethering -- I once spoke with a woman whose beloved hounds hung themselves over her deck -- and many an owner has come home to a dog draped over the fence. Don't do that to your best friend.