The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate our country. For most Americans, it means enjoying a BBQ meal and watching fireworks. North San Diego County has no shortage of options to enjoy fireworks this year. Check Discover San Diego’s website to see a list of firework locations throughout San Diego County.
In addition to fireworks, North San Diego County has some fun local 4th of July events. The City of Del Mar hosts an annual 4th of July Parade in the beautiful Powerhouse Park. Show up dressed in your favorite patriotic custom with your decorated bikes, scooters, wagons, baby strollers and leashed pets to participate in this annual tradition The San Diego Botanical Gardens also has an annual 4th of July Parade through the garden that is wonderful for young children. Families can parade decorated strollers and wagons (no bikes) and wear red, white and blue! Legoland’s Red, White and BOOM! has patriotic activities from morning to night including custom building contests, dance parties, costume contests and, of course, fireworks! The San Diego County Fair also has special Independence Day events, in addition to their amazing fireworks, including a Stars, Stripes and Stems Floral Design Contest, Patriotic Costume Contest, Hometown Heroes Parade and the Navy Band Southwest performing at the Grandstand Stage.
Though we may enjoy the excitement of the day, it is important to keep pets safe and stress free. The ASPCA has this great list of tips on what to do to keep your pet safe:
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
- Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
- Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
- Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
- Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
- Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
- Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
- Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
The Geller-Meier Team hopes you enjoy and have a safe 4th of July Holiday!