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Pet Safety Tips For The Fourth Of July In Omaha, NE

by Nancy Heim-berg
With all the fun and exciting events happening in and around Omaha, NE this Fourth of July week (check out events here), we can’t forget how scary and potentially dangerous this time of year can be for our pets. For this reason, we wanted to bring you a blog post today that is dedicated to pet safety and how to make sure your furry friends are protected this Independence Day! 
 
1.) Our first tip for you is to leave your pet at home. While you may have the urge to bring them along for the festivities, a crowded park or busy backyard party is not the best place for your pet and can cause a lot of anxiety- especially if there will be loud fireworks at some point in the night. 
 
2.) Second, leave the table scraps for the trash. We understand how easy it is to break down when they bat their sweet, innocent eyes at you, but begging for table scraps should not fly this holiday! Festive foods such as chocolate, beer, corn-on-the cob, grapes, garlic and onions can be extremely dangerous when ingested by cats and dogs. 
 
3.) Making sure that your pet can be properly identified if they get away from your care is also extremely important this Fourth of July. If you are hosting family and friends for the holiday your front door may as well be an electric revolving door. People are coming and going, and if your pet happens to make a break for it you want to make sure they have an ID tag or microchip to ensure they can be returned safely to you if need be. 
 
4.) Our fourth holiday safely tip is to pay special attention to matches and lighter fluid. Whether you are lighting the barbecue or a welcoming scented candle, you want to make sure to keep them away from your pets. Lighter fluid can irritate your pets’ skin and cause serious health complications if ingested, and some matches contain chlorates which can lead to difficulty breathing and/or blood cell damage to your furry family members.
 
5.) Lastly, be sure to NEVER use or set fireworks off around your pets. There is no question how beautiful fireworks can be to look at, but leave them to the professionals! Lit fireworks can be extremely dangerous, especially if your pets become curious and want to take a closer look - which can result in severe burns and/or trauma to paws and face (YIKES!). Additionally, there are some fireworks that contain substances that can be toxic such as heavy metals, arsenic and potassium nitrate. And let’s be honest, there is nothing like an emergency run to the vet to ruin a special holiday with family and friends! 
 
*In the unfortunate event that something goes wrong this Fourth of July and your pet needs emergency care, we have listed a few urgent pet care facilities located in or near Omaha, NE below:
 
Urgent Pet Care West
4257 S 144th Street Omaha, NE 68137
(402) 991-9444
 
Urgent Pet Care
8455 S 73rd Plaza Papillion, NE 68046
(402) 597-2911
 
VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center 
9706 Mockingbird Driver Omaha, NE 68127
(402) 614-9000

Fourth of July Events And Activities Around Omaha, NE

by Nancy Heim-berg

It’s that time of year where American flags are flying high, everyone is sporting their best red, white and blue attire and backyard BBQ’s are in full force. That’s right – The Fourth of July is here, and we have all the best events and activities in and around Omaha, NE for you to check out below. Enjoy a patriotic fun filled week with family and friends watching movies in the park, attending sporting events, local parades, adventures at the zoo and, of course, take in the magic of fireworks lighting up the night sky. We hope you enjoy all festivities that Omaha, NE has to offer this Fourth of July, and we wish you a fun and relaxing holiday! 

What: Red, White & Zoo! 
When: July 4th – 7th (9am – 5pm)
Where: Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Red, White & Bubbles: $1 Swim at City of Omaha Pools
When: July 4th
Where: Various Locations | Find a location near you here

What: Free Entry for Active Military & Veterans at Fun-Plex
When: July 4th (from 11am – 6pm)
Where: Fun-Plex | 7003 Q Street Omaha, NE 

What: Monday Night at the Movies “Independence Day”
When: July 1st (movie starts at dusk)
Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, Omaha 

What: Firecracker Flight
When: July 4th (8am-11am)
Where: Baxter Arena | 2425 S 67th St, Omaha, NE

What: Boys Town Fireworks
When: July 4th (around 10pm)
Where: Boys Town Omaha
*Free event

What: Nebraska Wind Symphony with the NWS Swingtones Big Band
When: July 4th (6pm) 
Where: SumTur Amphitheater | 11691 S. 108th Street 
*Free event

What: Ralston Independence Day Festivities
When: July 3rd – 4th
Where: Ralston Arena | 72nd and Q Street

What: Omaha Storm Chasers Game & Firework
When: July 4th & 5th (Game starts at 7:05pm, fireworks following)
Where: Werner Park | 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE

What: Field Club Annual 4th of July Neighborhood Parade
When: July 4th (10:30am)
Where: Woolworth Avenue

What: Independence Fireworks at Werner Park
When: July 4th & 5th
Where: 12356 Ballpark Way Papillion, NE

What: Living History at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park
When: July 6th – 7th (10am – 4:45pm)
Where: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park | 201 S. 7th Street Fort Calhoun, NE

What: 47th Annual Platte Center Fourth of July Celebration
When: June 1st – 4th
Where: Platte Center Nebraska

What: Uncle Sam Jam
When: July 3rd – 4th
Where: Oak Lake Park | First and Charleston Streets 

What: Independence Day Celebration
When: July 1st – 6th
Where: Nebraska City

What: Sward Fourth of July
When: July 1st – 4th
Where: Seward, Nebraska

What: Annual Hooper Fourth of July Fun Run
When: July 4th at 8am
Where: Hooper Park | 408 Main St, Hooper, NE 

What: Madison Fourth of July Parade
When: July 4th (10am)
Where: Main Street in Madison, Nebraska 
*Free event

What: Stanton Fourth of July Parade
When: July 4th (10am)
Where: Stanton, Nebraska 

What: July Fourth Flea Party
When: July 4th
Where: Fairbury City Park | 421 City Park Road 

What: Murdock Fourth of July Celebration
When: July 4th
Where: Murdock, Nebraska 
*Free Event

What: Norfolk Fourth of July Parade 
When: July 4th (10am)
Where: Norfolk Avenue in downtown Norfolk, Nebraska 
*Free event

What: 1899 Independence Day Celebration
When: July 4th
Where: Grand Island, Nebraska 

What: City of Hickman Fireworks Display
When: July 4th (10pm)
Where: Main Park in Hickman, Nebraska

What: Big Bang Boom
Where: July 6th (1pm – 10pm)
Where: Skyview Lake Norfolk, Nebraska 

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