Compilation of Independence Day messages from Florida's elected officials and political leaders

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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney: 

“Today we celebrate 236 years of the world’s greatest design for liberty and self-government.  As we gather to enjoy food and fireworks, let us also take a moment to pay tribute to the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence — and the brave men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms through every generation that has followed.  With so many around the world still consigned to tyranny, the Fourth of July is a time to appreciate the blessing of liberty and be thankful that we are Americans.”

Senator Marco Rubio:

This holiday is a special time to stop and remember how special our country is. The United States was founded on a simple idea: our rights come from God and our government’s job is to protect those rights. This founding principle sets us apart from the rest of the world. For over 230 years, America has protected those rights better than any other government in human history and our nation continues to serve as a force of good and an example that self-government is possible.
It’s also a time when we can look forward. As we celebrate with our families and friends, we should all be excited about building a new future for our nation, one better than our past. I hope we can continue to work on the important issues facing our nation and our people, so the 21st century will be another American Century. 

Governor Rick Scott:

This Independence Day, Americans will celebrate the birth of the United State of America. We are blessed to live in a country like no other, a country of liberty and freedom. One of the most remarkable traits of our great nation is the opportunity that Americans have to live freely, pursue their dreams and succeed. I have seen this demonstrated frequently as Governor when I travel the state and talk with business owners and hear their stories of determination and resolve as they work to succeed.

CFO Jeff Atwater:

As we celebrate one document’s monumental impact on the forming of a nation, we remember the bravery of the signers of our Declaration of Independence who stood up against tyranny and fought for liberty and freedom.

Our founding fathers risked their lives to formulate a union that was by the people and for the people, and to create a nation that would be a beacon for all who craved freedom and liberty. America has stood for 235 years by holding true to our founding principles. If we are to stand another 235 years, we must not allow our nation to be swept away by the whims of a few, but rather, listen to the voice of the majority and remain faithful to our founding principles.

In gathering with friends and family to celebrate the Fourth of July, let us never forget the magnitude of what those 56 patriots did in signing our Declaration as we honor those who defend our nation and cherish the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.

Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto:

Independence Day is a day when we come together as Americans to recognize and celebrate our extraordinary nation, and its foundation of democracy. I would like to wish each and everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!

Attorney General Pam Bondi:

“As we celebrate our country’s independence this Fourth of July, let us be grateful for the freedom and opportunity that we, as Americans, enjoy. Our Founding Fathers and our country’s leaders who have followed them have dedicated themselves to defending our inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

“We would not live in the great country we know today if not for the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in our armed forces. I ask that you take a moment to remember those who have served our country and thank those who are currently serving our country.”

Florida Education Commissioner Gerald Robinson:

“This has been an incredible year of change for Florida’s students, teachers, and schools. The foundation that Florida is building in our schools and colleges will support our children in coming years, making their futures brighter. Our state continues to push ahead with innovative education reforms because we want our diverse learners to reach higher, and be prepared for college, career, and life. Florida moves forward knowing that today’s students will become tomorrow’s leaders. The American Dream is within reach of every student in our great nation, and, with access to high-quality education, their chances significantly improve.”

Rep. Janet Adkins:

As we pause to celebrate the 236th anniversary of our nation’s independence, let us pause to remember the sacrifices made in the past and those being made in the present to preserve the great American legacy called freedom. I wish each and every one of you a safe and happy July 4th holiday!

Re. Lori Berman:

Wishing our country a happy 236th birthday! Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Rep. Jeff Brandes:

I wish everyone a safe, Happy Independence Day spent with friends and family.

Sen. Mike Fasano:

As we celebrate the birth of our great nation let us not forget the service members who are in harm’s way protecting our freedoms.

Florida Democratic Party:

Today we come together as Americans to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As we gather with our family, neighbors and community, we re-affirm our commitment to our shared values of freedom, opportunity and equality. These principles are the bedrock of the American promise, and have made our nation a beacon of liberty since the birth of our country. And as we celebrate these values, we honor those brave American service members who have sacrificed to defend them — both here at home and around the world — with our pledge of undying gratitude. On behalf of Florida Democrats, I wish you a happy, safe and joyful Fourth of July. God bless you, God bless Florida, and God bless the United States of America.

Congressman John Mica:

As you and your family gather with neighbors and friends to enjoy this 4th of July you will be realizing the hopes and dreams of our Founding Fathers that wanted us to celebrate the day that gave us the independence Freedom and liberty we Americans enjoy each day.

Congressional candidate Trey Radel:

Just as our founders fought for, we too are fighting for freedom from a heavy handed, overtaxing government. We will prevail!

Congressional candidate Gloria Romero Roses:

“My mom moved us to the United States when I was just seven years old,” said Romero Roses. “We came here because this is truly a land of opportunity, a place where everyone has a chance at the American Dream. The Fourth of July is a time for us to celebrate the richness of our history and our commitment to ideals of equality and liberty, as well as always remember the sacrifices of those that made that possible. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Independence Day.”

Sen. Maria Sachs:

Happy 4th of July to everyone! Have a safe and happy holiday.

Sen. John Thrasher:

I wish you a safe and happy 4th of July! A special thanks goes our to all the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces.

Rep. Will Weatherford:

Our Founders – a group of people who wrote down that our rights as human beings come from our God…not a govt, not a king. What a country!

Rep. Mike Weinstein:

On July 4th we celebrate America’s freedom from tyranny and the right to choose our leaders. Since that day in 1776, new generations have risen and joined the ranks of our founding fathers in pledging their lives, fortune and sacred honor to defend our liberty. Ronald Reagan once said we are never more than one generation away from tyranny. As we look back and celebrate our great nation’s history, we must also commit to pass on these truths to future generations. Happy Independence Day and may God Bless America!

Rep. Dana Young:

Happy Independence Day! As you enjoy this day with family and friends, never forgot those in Uniform that protect our freedom every day.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.