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The city of Orlando, Florida, has apologized for a statement made while promoting its July 4 fireworks special that said it “can’t blame” people who don’t “want to celebrate our nation right now.”
“A lot of people probably don’t want to celebrate our nation right now, and we can’t blame them,” the original statement read, according to WESH-TV. “When there’s so much division and hate and unrest, why the hell would you want to have a party to celebrate any of that?”
“But in all seriousness, you know in your heart that 4th of July fireworks are amazing, especially when you’re standing in 90° heat, 100% humidity, alongside 100,000 of your closest friends,” the statement continued. . “At that moment, something takes over and we all come together in an inexplicable bond. Yes, America is in conflict right now, but you know what…we already bought the fireworks.”
The statement received backlash on social media, including the Fraternal Order of Police in Orlando, which said the message was in “bad taste.”
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On Saturday night, the city issued an apology for the statement.
“The City of Orlando sincerely regrets the negative impact our words have had on some members of our community,” the city said. “We understand that these words offended some of our residents, which was not our intention. We value the freedoms we have in this country and are grateful to the men and women who fought and continue to fight for them. We are proud to celebrate the 4th. July to express our gratitude to these men and women and to honor the country in which we live.
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Orlando’s “Fireworks at the Fountain” celebration will be held downtown at Lake Eola Park beginning around 9:10 p.m.
The controversial email comes shortly after the Pima County Democratic Party in Arizona sparked controversy over a post promoting an event called “F — the Fourth.”
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The post was eventually removed, but the group said it stood behind the event.
Fox News Digital reported Saturday that leftists on social media, including several verified users, marked the Fourth of July holiday weekend by tearing America apart.
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“My mood this year is more like how about we burn this country to the ground, as a little gift?” Alisha Grauso, features editor for Hollywood outlet Screen Rant, posted on Twitter.
According to a Fox News poll released earlier this week, 39% of Americans are “proud” of the United States today, a 12-point decrease from June 2017.