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July 4 dogs

Colbert's Late Show has a dog explain the real reason your canine friends hate fireworks on the 4th of July

To celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, Americans shoot small rockets into the air and watch them explode. This Fourth of July, many Americans are also concerned that North Korea just tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, putting a rogue regime with nuclear ambitions quite a bit closer to being able to send very large and dangerous rockets to the U.S. mainland. The Late Show wants you to know that it's the latter rockets, not the former, that are freaking your dogs out this July 4 — suggesting that maybe the idea of mutually assured destruction is what has dogs on edge every Fourth of July fireworks celebration — and they have a very cute dog explain why. Watch below — and maybe keep the dog out of the room when you're watching cable news from now on. Peter Weber