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Compilation of Independence Day messages from Florida’s elected officials, political leaders

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A compilation of Independence Day messages from Florida’s elected officials and politicians: Attorney General Pam Bondi: Two hundred and forty-one years ago, our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence to ensure our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Since that historic day, generations of military men and women have sacrificed everything to protect those rights. It is because of their service that we are able to enjoy this nation’s freedoms and privileges today. So this Fourth…

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Hold my beer and watch this! July Fourth fireworks light up ER

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As the long July 4 holiday weekend continues, Sachs Media Group’s Breakthrough Research Division wanted to look on the brighter side of our independence-declaring holiday — and by that, we mean fireworks, of course! Specifically, we consulted the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) to look at the volume of recorded injuries involving fireworks since 1997. We were illuminated to learn from Jim Rosica of FloridaPolitics.com that Floridians purchasing fireworks promise to use them “solely and exclusively in frightening birds…

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DCF reminds families to stay safe while celebrating Independence Day

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As Floridians celebrate the long Independence Day weekend, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is reminding parents and caregivers to take extra precautions to keep children safe. While Independence Day is an important time to reflect on the nation’s history and celebrate our freedom, it is also important to take some simple steps to ensure your family’s safety. “Whether on the playground or at a campground, make sure your family stays safe as you celebrate Independence Day,” DCF…

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Increased food spending, lower gas prices give Florida retailers boost for Independence Day

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With Independence Day arriving Tuesday, retailers expect a surge in one of the things Americans do best – eat. The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) predicts Americans will spend more than $7.1 billion for Independence Day weekend on food items for picnics, barbecues and other celebrations. That’s an increase of about $2 in per-person spending over 2016. FRF President and CEO R. Scott Shalley said the spending boost will benefit grocers across the Sunshine State, “Independence Day weekend is the most…

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Florida wildlife officials urge safety, beacons for July Fourth weekend boating

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During the Fourth of July holiday, many people take to the water to celebrate Independence Day. The warm, sunny days of summer combined with viewing fireworks puts many more boats and people on the water near one another. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges boaters to use caution while boating on this busy holiday. Inattentiveness or improper lookout cause many boating accidents. “Boat operators have a personal responsibility to make sure their passengers are safe and they…

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Spotify creates ultimate Fourth of July playlist

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With the Fourth of July come picnics, barbecues, beer – and music. Although music important part of nearly every Independence Day celebration, the actual songs may vary from different parts of the country, all depending on the culture, geography and taste. As an interesting experiment, streaming music service Spotify studied all 50 U.S. states, and compared what they are listening to on the Fourth of July. Using an algorithm designed by Paul Lamere, director of developer platforms for Spotify subsidiary…

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Gwen Graham celebrates July 4th by sponsoring bipartisan ‘Made-In-America Flag’ bill

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham got into the Independence Day spirit Friday by co-sponsoring a bill to ensure the federal government only purchases flags made in America. “There’s no better time than the Fourth of July to remind us how important the American Flag is to our nation,” the North Florida Democrat said. “This common-sense, bipartisan legislation would require the federal government only purchase American flags made in America. It’s the right thing to do to honor the founding fathers who…

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