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City of Orlando apologizes about Fourth of July statement

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The city of Orlando has released an apology after controversy arose following a statement on an upcoming Fourth of July event.

In their original statement, the city of Orlando said:

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"A lot of people probably don't want to celebrate our nation right now, and we can't blame them. When there is so much division, hate and unrest, why on earth would you want to have a party celebrating any of it?

But in all seriousness, you know in your heart, Fourth of July fireworks are amazing, especially when you are standing in 90° heat, 100% humidity, next to 100,000 of your closest friends. In that moment, something takes over and we all become united in an inexplicable bond. Yes, America is in strife right now, but you know what...we already bought the fireworks.


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Join us for Fireworks at the Fountain 2022 at Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando

Fun activities, music and food trucks start at 4 p.m. Fireworks will kick off at approximately 9:10 p.m."

The statement received backlash, and Saturday, the city of Orlando issued an apology:

"The city of Orlando sincerely regrets the negative impact our words have had on some in our community. We understand these words offended some of our residents, which was not our intent. We value the freedoms we have in this country and are thankful to the men and women who fought and continue to fight for those. We take pride in celebrating the 4th of July to express our gratitude to those men and women and honor the country we live in."

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