In a surprising twist, Governor Ron DeSantis has declared July as “Freedom Month” in Florida, which includes notable tax breaks and park fee discounts aimed at making summer more affordable for families. However, one peculiar aspect of this initiative restricts the use of certain colors at Disney World and across bridges within the state, raising eyebrows and questions about the true nature of “freedom.”

Governor DeSantis’ “Freedom Month” promises a sales tax holiday on items such as fishing supplies, outdoor recreation equipment, and admissions to state parks and museums. The governor’s official website outlines that the initiative aims to counteract federal spending-induced inflation, stating, “Florida’s smart fiscal policies allow us to reduce taxes and help lessen the burden on Floridians” ([Florida Gov Site](

Intriguingly, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Florida’s bridges, including those at Disney World, will be illuminated strictly in red, white, and blue. Other commemorative colors, traditionally used for events such as Pride Month or Juneteenth, are strictly banned. This directive from Governor DeSantis, however, has sparked backlash from several public groups, particularly LGBTQIA+ activists. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that this decision overrides local governments’ authority ([Herald-Tribune](

This move is seen by many as an extension of DeSantis’ long-standing feud with Disney, which began when the company opposed the Parental Rights in Education Act, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. The ongoing battle led to the dissolution of the Reedy Creek Improvement District and its replacement by the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, with a board handpicked by DeSantis ([Inside the Magic](

The public’s reaction to this color ban has been intense, with many criticizing the juxtaposition of a state-mandated restriction being labeled as an enhancement of “freedom.” Sarasota County spokesman Luke Mocherman stressed that local authorities cannot override the state’s decision, leaving previously approved lighting schemes on hold during the summer ([Inside the Magic](

What are your thoughts on Governor DeSantis’ “Freedom Month” and its impact on public displays? Do you believe the governor’s actions align with the principles of freedom, or do they contradict the very notion they claim to uphold? Share your thoughts in the comments below and join the conversation!