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Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Orlando:

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It’s that time of year again! The summer sun has made its appearance, the barbecue is hot and the pool is cool. Our favorite holiday, the 4th of July, is right around the corner, so you might be beginning to think about where you want to spend America’s birthday. This week’s blog is all about the exciting celebrations in Orlando to wish the U.S.A a happy birthday!

  1. Lake Eola: Celebrate United States’ independence at the free fireworks display and laser show around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Pack picnic baskets and comfy blankets for an old-fashioned picnic at the lush park from 4 – 10 p.m. on July 4th.

Admission: Free

  1. The Orlando Eye and I-Drive 360: This is a very special weekend event in honor of America’s birthday. Events include live entertainment, family-friendly activities, a 20-minute patriotic lighting show on the 400-foot observation wheel- which will have more than 64,000 LEDs illuminated in red, white and blue! The celebration starts at 9 p.m. on July 3 – 5.

Admission: Free

  1. Watermelon 5k on Park Avenue: Winter Park hosts their annual Watermelon 5k on Park Avenue during the morning of July 4th and an annual Independence Day Celebration with activities, musical performances, and free admission to the Morse Museum during the day.

Admission: $27.00

  1. Epcot: Epcot will turn their popular “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks display into a red, white and blue production with the addition of a special performance of “The Heartbeat of Freedom.” This polytechnic spectacular will begin at 10 p.m. on July 4. Prior to the fireworks, Epcot guests can also enjoy the “Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert” at the American Gardens Theatre at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. Finally, there will also be meet-and-greets with some of America’s forefathers, including Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and some of Disney’s most popular characters dressed in their patriotic best at American Adventure from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Admission: $114.00

The 4th of July is a time to spend celebrating our country with family and friends. When you live in a wonderful city such as Orlando, it sometimes makes it difficult to choose!


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How To Be #OrlandoStrong in the Wake of Tragedy

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In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Pulse early Sunday we know a lot of us are still eager to show support and help those affected by this tragedy. Below we have a cumulative list of ways for you to help, places that are offering help, as well as information for you to get help if needed.  

Monetary Donations

LGBT and humanitarian advocacy groups have begun campaigns to help with funds for the shooting victims and their families.

Equality Florida’s has raised over $4 million, all of which will go directly to the victim’s and their families. According to the group’s GoFundMe page, Equality Florida is working with local organizations and “a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime” to properly distribute the campaign’s funds.

To Donate please use this link: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

Blood Donations

OneBlood, a non-profit blood bank, announced an urgent need of blood donations in Orlando, prompting thousands of people to line up to make contributions at various locations. People eventually had to be turned away after supplies ran out and facilities reached capacity.

OneBlood announced Monday morning that it was open again for donations by appointment. Potential blood donors should schedule an appointment online or call (888) 936-6283

Eat or Drink at one of these local places. 

1. KrungThep Tea Time will be giving all of their profits to the GoFundMe account setup by Equality Florida until Friday, June 17.
2. Sus Hi Eatstation From now through Saturday, June 18th, 100% of their profits, from both UCF and Altamonte Springs locations, will be donated to the GoFundMe Pulse Victims Fund created by Equality Florida. They will also be accepting monetary donations.
3. Pincho Factory will donate 15% of all sales from this week to support victims of the tragedy from now to Sunday, June 19.
4. Jeremiah’s Italian Ice will donate 100% of all net profits on Monday, June 20 at all 14 Central Florida locations. 

Pet Care for Supporters

Organizations in Orlando have stepped up to help care for the pets of the shooting victims, or of any community members who will be out of the house supporting family and friends. The Pet Alliance Of Greater Orlando is offering short-term care, or permanent placement, for any pets that have been affected by the shooting. To arrange for pet care with the Alliance, call 407-418-0906.

Stand Together To Show That #WeAreOrlando

As people across the country and the world woke up to the tragic news Sunday, they gathered together in community vigils to honor the victims and their families. From Orlando to New York to Rome, people stood together, hugged, sang, lit candles and left flowers in the name of those lost.   

To find a vigil near you, visit weareorlando.org, with a growing list of local events.

Counseling

Positive Behavioral Solutions is willing to help with crisis and grief counseling. Please see our onsite representative for more information or call them at (321) 299-9415.