The city of Orlando in Florida issued an apology this weekend for its negative Fourth of July message. It said that it “can’t blame” people for wanting to not celebrate America while there are “so many divisions, hatred and unrest .”
” Many people don’t feel the need to celebrate our country right now. We can’t blame them,” wrote during a July 1 update. Why would anyone want to celebrate any of this ?”
when there’s so much hatred, division and unrest?
“But in all seriousness, you know in your heart, Fourth of July fireworks are amazing, especially when you are standing in 90deg heat, 100% humidity, next to 100,000 of your closest friends. The moment is when something happens and all of us become one in an unimaginable way. Yes, America is in strife right now, but you know what… we already bought the fireworks,” the city continued, using a shrugging emoji and inviting residents to join the city for Fireworks at the Fountain 2022.
However, Orlando issued an apology for inflicting offense on some residents the day after.
“The city of Orlando deeply regrets any negative effects our words had on our community,” the letter said.
” We are sorry that these words offend some residents. This was not our intention. It continued, “We value our freedoms and thank the men and women who fought for them.”
” We take pride in celebrating 4th July to show our appreciation to those men or women, and to honor the country that we live in,” added the city:
A statement from the City of Orlando pic.twitter.com/CbCcOOCATz
— City of Orlando is Prepared for Hurricane Season (@citybeautiful) July 2, 2022
” “It’s an insult to the brave men, women and children who gave their lives to defend the freedoms we enjoy today,” said the Florida GOP about Orlando’s original posting.
” We live in one of the most powerful nations in the world, and some Orlando leaders aren’t aware of that,” the statement continued:
This is a blatant insult to those brave people who gave their lives to preserve the individual freedoms we have today. It’s unfortunate that some Orlando leaders do not understand this. We are the most powerful nation on the planet. pic.twitter.com/dL5gc8necP
— Florida GOP (@FloridaGOP) July 4, 2022
State Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, (D), was not among those who thought the city should apologize.
“You don’t need to apologize, your first email accurately captured how Orlandoans and Americans feel right now,” she wrote. “It’s okay not to be okay”:
You don’t have to apologize. Your first email accurately captured how Orlandoans and Americans feel right now. You don’t have to apologize .
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani (@AnnaForFlorida) July 2, 2022