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Save money during “Florida’s Freedom Week” tax holiday

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The American Flag flies as an emblem of freedom, Friday, April 30, 2021.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Florida legislature has created “Freedom Week” another tax holiday to encourage spending the state reopens.
Florida’s statewide Freedom Week tax holiday begins Thursday, July 1 and as with tax holidays for school supplies and hurricane preparedness, this tax holiday allows residents to save while kicking Florida’s economy back into high gear.
People can buy tickets to museums, sporting events and concert tickets tax free. Also, outdoor and sports equipment along with boating, camping and fishing supplies will also be exempt from the sales tax.
The Florida legislature came up with Freedom Week to celebrate freedom and to help Floridians get back to a more normal pre-pandemic life.

Freedom Week also is a way to help the arts, live entertainment, culture, sports and hobby industries which were hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida’s statewide Freedom Week tax holiday runs Thursday, July 1-7th.

Residents can save the sales tax on a wide variety of cultural experiences and equipment, but no, Fourth fans, fireworks are not eligible.
The Florida Department of Revenue has created a handy PDF with everything you need to know.

Tax free savings:
Live music events (through Dec. 31, including season tickets)
Live sporting events (through Dec. 31)
Movies (through Dec. 31)
Museum entry (including annual passes)
State park entry (including annual passes)
Ballets, plays and musical theater performances (through Dec. 31, including season tickets)
Fairs, festivals and cultural events (through Dec. 31)
“Private and membership clubs providing physical fitness facilities” (through Dec. 31)
General outdoor supplies
Sunscreen and insect repellant (up to $15)
Water bottles (up to $30)
Hydration packs and bicycle helmets (up to $50)
Sunglasses (up to $100)
Binoculars (up to $200)
Outdoor gas or charcoal grills and bicycles (up to $250)
Fishing supplies
Bait and tackle (up to $5 for individual items, $10 for sets)
Tackle boxes or bags (up to $30)
Rods and reels (up to $75 if sold individually, $150 for combos)
Boating and water activity supplies
Snorkels, goggles and swimming masks (up to $25)
Boating flares (up to $50)
Life jackets, coolers, paddles and oars (up to $75)
Water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards and “recreational inflatable water tubes or floats capable of being towed” (up to $150)
Paddleboats and surfboards (up to $300)
Canoes and kayaks (up to $500)
Camping supplies
Lanterns and flashlights (up to $30)
Sleeping bags, portable hammocks, camp stoves, collapsible camping chairs (up to $50)
Tents (up to $200)
Other sports equipment
“Any item used in individual or team sports, not including clothing or footwear” (up to $40)

Exclusions:
No fireworks
No rain checks
You can’t get a full break on BOGO items whose cumulative price is higher than the spending cap
Sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport do not qualify
No pool toys
No commercial fishing supplies