Fourth of July 2022: City of Orlando apologizes for July 4 ‘division’ statement

ORLANDO, Fla. — Officials in a Central Florida city apologized on social media after sending out a statement about the Fourth of July that referenced “division, hate and unrest.”

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The City of Orlando apologized in a social media post on Saturday, WFTV reported. On Twitter, the city said it regretted the “negative impact” of the statement, which was originally posted Friday.

“We understand these words offended some of our residents, which was not our intent,” the statement read. “We value the freedoms we have in this country and are thankful to the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for those.”

“A lot of people probably don’t want to celebrate our nation right now, and we can’t blame them,” the city’s original statement read in part. “When there is so much division, hate and unrest, why on earth would you want to have a party celebrating any of it?

“Yes, America is in strife right now, but you know what ... we already bought the fireworks.”