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The Fourth of July is just a few weeks away, so now is the time to start thinking about how to outfit your dog for the festivities. Whether you’re taking them to a parade or enjoying a low-key barbecue with friends and family, a themed collar, dog shirt, or dog costume for the day can add an extra-special touch. (Plus, the photos are adorable.)
Since both of my Chihuahuas run the other way at even the hint of dressing up, I included some festive non-clothing options for reluctant pets. Collars and bandanas are a simple and easy way to dress up your dog without making them feel uncomfortable. As with any new piece of clothing or apparel for your dog, it’s important to always gauge your dog’s comfort level and to never force them into wearing something.
Here are some of our favorite festive outfits for your dog’s next Fourth of July!
This collar has over 1550 reviews and many happy customers. The fabric is 100% cotton and many of the reviews point to the high-quality material that makes it a strong and sturdy option for a dog bow tie. While it does come in multiple colors, this American flag pattern is a fun addition to Fourth of July festivities.
The bowtie is also fully detachable from this collar and can be used on your dog’s regular collar. While the collar is adjustable, the seller also includes a picture chart of sizing options. Be sure to confirm your dog’s neck size before ordering!
Helpful Review: “This was way better quality than I expected, and I am going to buy my dog more bandanas in other designs since I loved the look and feel of this one so much! The dog’s happy with it. I’m happy with it. Who could ask for anything more? 5/5!”Buy Now on Amazon for $10.99
This American flag bandana is one size fits most, so you don’t have to worry about sizing charts when ordering for your dog! It comes as a 22 inch, pre-folded square, making it ideal for medium to large dogs—a small dog can wear it with some additional folding. It’s made of a durable polyester blend fabric that can keep up with active pups.
Helpful Review: “The fabric itself is very nice and soft (not stiff like some new bandanas). It’s made of a thin material too, so it doesn’t get too hot when around the dog’s neck. Also, because it’s light, it doesn’t seem to bother my dog at all.”Buy Now on Amazon for $9.99
If you’re looking for something casual for your pet to wear on Independence Day, this set of comfortable cotton T-shirts is the perfect option. The shirts come in a pack of two, so your dog can have two different looks (on the same day, if you want!)
Made of a polyester and cotton blend, these are also machine washable! Before purchasing, be sure to confirm your dog’s size. The shirt sizes are determined by their back length, and the seller provides instructions on how to accurately determine this. It’s important to get the correct size, as the shirts are pullovers and are not adjustable.
Helpful Review: “Blueberry makes great sweaters and this lightweight cotton duo is no exception. This design fits my long backed silky terrier perfectly. She has worn the flag one so much it’s become a bit faded so I opted to replace it.”Buy Now on Amazon for $24.99
If you live in a place where the weather is a bit colder on the Fourth, you don’t have to miss out on cute clothes for your dog. This American flag sweater is a cozy way to join the fun! With six sizes, this sweater fits most dogs. It’s 100 percent wool, is dyed with organic plant dyes, and is Fair Trade certified.
Helpful Review: “The sweater is very well made and has a pronounced cut out on the underside so it doesn’t get wet at all when he’s out to “do his business.” The cutouts for the front legs are perfect, also. They are longish and narrow so that they let him move freely but still keep him covered.”Buy Now on Amazon for $29.99
For something with a little more pizzazz, and for those dogs that enjoy dressing to the nines, we have a full Uncle Sam costume to help you and your pet celebrate the Fourth in style! With six size options, this adorable outfit will fit a range of dogs.
It comes with a stars and stripes bodysuit, cape, and a top hat to complete the look. The seller also provides video instructions to help you get the best fit for your dog as well as a size chart with breed suggestions for each size. Be sure to still take your dog’s measurements before ordering.
Helpful Review: “Super cute! This outfit was adorable on my 11-pound Pomeranian. I was surprised that a medium was too big for him though. Usually, everything I buy him is in a medium, so be careful! It wasn’t a big deal, though. I just safety pinned everything nice and tight…I still give it 5 stars just because it’s an adorable suit.”Buy Now on Amazon for $17.14
For those pets that don’t want to dress up (like my own!), you can still infuse a bit of patriotism into your dog’s Fourth of July look. Here is a sturdy, American flag print leash to add some festive flair to your dog’s day without making them feel uncomfortable.
It has a sturdy swivel hook, making walking easy, and is made of a high-grade polyester, so it can stand up to even the most active of dogs. It comes in two sizes (varying thicknesses) to account for the additional weight of large dogs. It’s a great second leash to have on hand for special occasions!
Helpful Review: “The colors are great! It’s quality material and strong as well. We love it!! Can’t wait until the 4th of July to use it again.”Buy Now on Amazon for $12.99
I know that my two dogs wouldn’t enjoy wearing clothing, but they both love their harnesses. This harness is an easy way to showcase a patriotic print without forcing a reluctant dog into an outfit they’re not comfortable wearing.
It’s made from breathable material and is nicely padded for your dog’s comfort. The quick release buckle makes it easy to put on, and it has an adjustable harness to span a chest girth of 28-38 in. It’s perfect for dogs over 22 pounds.
Helpful Review: “My “grand-dog” LOVES it. It is well-made, reflective, and padded for extra comfort for the dog. It even has cute little pockets for treats. I love the handle on top for added security (if you need to hold your dog). I highly recommend this harness.”Buy Now on Amazon for $25.99
If you want your dog to have an ensemble, here is a matching collar and leash set! The collar comes in 16 fun prints, and Native Pup has leashes to match many of them! It’s made from durable polyester and is adjustable. Native Pup has specific recommendations for measuring your dog’s neck, so be sure to confirm your dog’s measurements against their collar sizes.
Helpful Review: “This is my 4th Native Pup collar and I can’t say enough good things about them! They’re sturdy and durable, even when my dog is excited and starts pulling. The colors are vibrant and it’s most definitely a good value! I’ll keep my dog festive with Native Pup collars all year long!”Buy Collar Now on Amazon for $8.99 Buy Leash Now on Amazon for $6.99
This collection of USA-themed bandanas can be worn on the Fourth of July or all year round. Tail Trends bandanas come in two sizes, so they’ll fit most dogs. The ten design options are made out of 100% cotton and are machine washable, so you don’t have to worry about your pup having fun in the dirt while wearing his new outfit.
Helpful Review: “Mojo really likes this product. He’s a 15-pound chihuahua terrier mix with a lot of fur, so the fact that the bandana is lightweight is a bonus. He is wearing a size medium which fits him well. The product seems durable since the seams have not frayed and the stitching has remained intact.”Buy Now on Amazon for $6.80
Some dogs don’t want to dress up, but don’t mind a little accessory. This collar is made out of red, white, and blue tulle and is sprinkled with colored stars. Though it comes in three sizes, it also has an elastic band, so it can fit most dogs.
Helpful Review: “This was such an added touch to our family’s 4th of July attire. This fit Ruby beautifully, and she received a lot of compliments.”Buy Now on Amazon for $7.95
Now, your dog can enjoy a well-dressed Fourth of July!