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Florida's Freedom Week Tax Holiday Begins July 1

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In addition to celebrating the Fourth of July this weekend, Floridians will be getting a new holiday  — from paying sales tax on a variety of goods and services. 

The Freedom Week tax holiday starts this Thursday, July 1, and runs through July 7.

Shoppers are expected to collectively save nearly $55 million on qualified purchases.

The Florida Legislature created Freedom Week to give a boost to industries particularly hard hit by the pandemic, like music venues and movie theaters. 

Tickets to concerts and movies, as well as admission to museums and other cultural events, will be tax-free — even if you’re buying an annual pass. 

The weeklong tax reprieve also applies to big outdoor equipment like tents, grills, and bicycles  — as well as summer essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses and coolers. And sports equipment like basketballs or tennis rackets. 

Read the full list of tax-exempt items.

In addition to Freedom Week, a 10-day holiday in August for back-to-school shoppers is expected to provide a $69.4 million tax break. During the period, shoppers can avoid paying sales taxes on clothes costing $60 or less, school supplies costing $15 or less and the first $1,000 of the price of personal computers. 

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP