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Dogecoin Festival Postponed

The founders of the first Dogecoin Festival have rescheduled the Dogepalooza festival which was to be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Sugar Land, Texas at Constellation Field. Recent governmental mandates and public safety measures were taken into account to postpone the festival until Spring 2022. 

“The venue, founders, entertainers, and organizers did not make this decision lightly, states Damon Elliott, entertainer and Grammy award winning producer. All the original entertainers will be back in the Spring of 2022. 

We continue to support Dogepalooza and look forward to seeing everyone next Spring.” Participants and fans can count on icon and legendary performer Dionne Warwick; Grammy Award winning producer, DJ, singer, musician, songwriter and composer, and friend of Dogepalooza, Damon Elliott; rising star and classically trained pianist, Chloe Flower, who accompanied Cardi B at the Grammys, and channels Liberace in building a career on musical mash-ups; Break Free Worldwide breakdance competition; White Sun, Grammy Award winner for best New Age album; Lil Mook, an independent artist; Jason Dmore, a singer, songwriter and entertainment artist; plus many more top entertainers.

 Recent announcements included the partnering of Dogepalooza with Dogemongo, a game that allows users to catch Dogemon and was tested by one of Benzinga’s reporters. A new version of the game will feature a battle modus, where users go to locations and try to catch the Big 3D Dogecoin. After a specific number of rocketball throws, the lucky person wins the Big 3D Rocketball, valued between $500 and $100,000. Some Big 3D Dogecoins will be featured at Dogepalooza. Participants at the festival will have a chance to win a substantial amount of money. Dogemmongo will also continue to be a part of the new festival date. 

All purchased tickets will be refunded. Once a new date is secured, tickets will go on sale. All contest winners will still receive tickets to the festival. “Public Safety is paramount in our decision-making process, adds Rebecca Miller, Executive Director of Global Operations for the festival. Dogepalooza is a fun and entertaining Community Give-Back and Involvement Festival. The new date enables us to continue to build our all-star line up and plan for an even bigger event when mandates and restrictions are lifted.” 

Dogeplalooza, an authentic community driven Dogecoin Festival, is still slated to be held in multiple cities and countries around the globe. The online Doge community consists of millions of members from the world, across all social media platforms. 

Massive digital media attention is swelling as the enthusiasm for the event continues to explode. The event is family friendly and open to the public. One of the biggest supporters of Dogecoin is Tesla, Inc CEO Elon Musk. Dionne Warwick who will make a special guest appearance is also a Dogepalooza supporter comments, “I’m still looking forward to be a part of this meaningful festival which supports so many vital causes.” 

The rescheduled date in Spring 2022 will include Live entertainment from national and local headliners, major artists & DJs, Food & Drink,  Dogecoin & Dogepalooza Merchandise, Vendors, Family Fun Park, Fireworks, Charities, and Educational venues for learning more about how to use, accept, and understand Dogecoin. 

Charities supported by Dogepalooza

 A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society, the Lupus Foundation, Disabled American Vets (DAV), the Humane Society of Oldham County, Multiple Myloema Research Foundation, Khan Academy, and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

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JULY 4TH CELEBRATION – THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The Ed Sullivan Show’s official Youtube Channel celebrates America’s Independence Day weekend with “This Is My Country” and “America The Beautiful,” performed by Pat Boone and West Point Glee Club, respectively. July 4th continues with a rousing rendition of “God Bless America Again” from trailblazing country star Loretta Lynn. Also featured are “The Star Spangled Banner” by Oberkirchen Choir, an inspiring version of “America Our Heritage” from the Washington D.C. Festival Chorus and more.

Among the upcoming classic performers featured are Connie Francis (“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”), Jackie Wilson (“I’m Comin’ On Back To You,” “Night”), Liza Minnelli (“The Travelin’ Life”), Louis Armstrong (“Royal Garden Blues”), plus Petula Clark (“My Love”) and Ray Charles (“Eleanor Rigby”). The wide range of musical performances also includes the Brenda Lee, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Mahalia Jackson, Paul Anka, Wayne Newton and many more.

Comedy clips include Alan King, Charles Nelson Reilly & Nancy Walker, Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, Totie Fields. From acrobats to The Muppets to skits with the inimitable host himself, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Ed Sullivan Show YouTube channel honors an entertainment legacy with new clips daily and a wide range of playlists to explore.

Throughout its historic 23-year primetime run (1948-1971), The Ed Sullivan Show brought the hottest performances from around the world and introduced emerging talent to America’s living rooms every Sunday night. The show featured some of the earliest or first televised performances of music superstars including The Band, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, The Mamas and The Papas, The Supremes, and The Rolling Stones.

Among the voluminous gems in this vast catalog are iconic clips most of which have not been seen in decades. UMe uploads new videos daily, including scores of rarities available digitally for the first time, to The Ed Sullivan Show’s official YouTube channel and EdSullivan.com, both newly updated.

Live On The Ed Sullivan Show Youtube channel, July 1-15*: 

STREAM DATE – ARTIST – PERFORMANCE – AIRDATE

THU 7/1 – Alan King – Airplane – June 2, 1968

THU 7/1 – The Kessler Twins – When In Rome – October 16, 1966

THU 7/1 – Eddy Manson – Swanee River – August 5, 1962

THU 7/1 – Tony Martin – You Made Me Love You – November 27, 1960

FRI 7/2 – Phil Spitalny’s Hour Of Charm – Hallelujah Chorus – March 25, 1951

FRI 7/2 – Strategic Air Command Band – Strike Up the Band – March 16, 1969

FRI 7/2 – Allen & Rossi, Ed Sullivan – How To Phone Women For Dates And Ed Sullivan – May 22, 1966

FRI 7/2 – Sandy Stewart – After You’ve Gone – April 16, 1961

FRI 7/2 – Gordon Macrae – America the Beautiful – July 6, 1969

SAT 7/3 – Pat Boone – This Is My Country – June 2, 1963

SAT 7/3 – Louis Armstrong – Royal Garden Blues – October 8, 1961

SAT 7/3 – Eddy Arnold – Wreck Of The Old ’97 – January 26, 1964

SAT 7/3 – The Harmonicats – Peg O’ My Heart – February 26, 1950

SAT 7/3 – Enzo Stuarti – Battle Hymn Of The Republic – September 6, 1964

SUN 7/4 – West Point Glee Club – America the Beautiful – June 9, 1968

SUN 7/4 – Oberkirchen Choir – The Star Spangled Banner – September 26, 1954

SUN 7/4 – Washington D.C. Festival Chorus – America Our Heritage – August 17, 1969

SUN 7/4 – Dolores Gray – You’re A Grand Old Flag – July 4, 1954

SUN 7/4 – Loretta Lynn – God Bless America Again – May 30, 1971

MON 7/5 – The Kane Triplets – Pow, Pow, Pow – June 11, 1967

MON 7/5 – Alan King – Son’s Bar Mitzvah & Ed Sullivan’s Anniversary – June 2, 1968

MON 7/5 – The Dubliners – Muirsheen Durkin – March 17, 1968

MON 7/5 – Jackie Wilson – I’m Comin’ On Back To You – May 28, 1961

TUE 7/6 – Pat Henning – Psychiatrist, Uncle And Bette Davis – February 22, 1959

TUE 7/6 – Charles Nelson Riley & Nancy Walker – Lovers Meet At The Deli Skit – February 6, 1966

TUE 7/6 – Liza Minnelli – The Travelin’ Life – January 3, 1965

TUE 7/6 – Dave Brubeck Quartet – I’m In A Dancing Mood – October 16, 1960

WED 7/7 – Totie Fields – Fan Letter – January 16, 1966

WED 7/7 – Shirley Verrett – Ave Maria – May 24, 1964

WED 7/7 – The McGuire Sisters – How Come You Do Me (Like You Do) – October 17, 1965

WED 7/7 – Connie Francis – Medley: Up Above My Head / Glory Glory / Light Of Love – March 21, 1965

THU 7/8 – Mary Hopkin – Goodbye – May 25, 1969

THU 7/8 – Teresa Brewer – How Come You Do Me Like You Do – February 6, 1955

THU 7/8 – Jackie Wilson – Night – March 31, 1963

THU 7/8 – Petula Clark – My Love – November 28, 1965

FRI 7/9 – Phil Spitalny’s Hour Of Charm – Spring Song – April 1, 1951

FRI 7/9 – The Missionary Dominican Sisters Of Our Lady Of Fichermont – Puer Natus Est Nobis – January 5, 1964

FRI 7/9 – Al Hirt – That’s A Plenty – December 10, 1961

FRI 7/9 – W.C. Handy – St. Louis Blues – December 18, 1949

SAT 7/10 – Mary Hopkin – Morning Of My Life – October 27, 1968

SAT 7/10 – Sandler & Young – In the Sunshine Days – January 7, 1968

SAT 7/10 – Mahalia Jackson – Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? – April 15, 1962

SAT 7/10 – Wayne Newton – Medley: (Give Me That) Old Time Religion/America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) – June 12, 1966

SUN 7/11 -The Amin Brothers – Acrobats – December 15, 1963

SUN 7/11 – Polly Bergen – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – December 20, 1959

SUN 7/11 – Shirley Bassey – S Wonderful – November 13, 1960

SUN 7/11 – Ray Charles – Eleanor Rigby – December 8, 1968

MON 7/12 – Mahalia Jackson – By His Word – December 18, 1960

MON 7/12 – Al Hirt, Milton Berle – Musical Humor – December 15, 1963

MON 7/12 – The Muppets – The Art Of Visual Thinking With Kermit The Frog – October 2, 1966

MON 7/12 – Wayne Newton – I Wish You Love – December 12, 1965

TUE 7/13 – Mary Hopkin – Those Were The Days – October 27, 1968

TUE 7/13 – Allan Drake – Kids Today – June 28, 1964

TUE 7/13 – Wayne Newton – Apple Blossom Time – May 30, 1965

TUE 7/13 – Paul Anka – I Love You – February 11, 1962

WED 7/14 – Sid Caesar, Ed Sullivan, Shirley Bassey – French Restaurant – February 28, 1971

WED 7/14 – Phil Spitalny’s Hour Of Charm – Voices Of Spring – April 1, 1951

WED 7/14 – Roger Williams – Supercalifragilistic – January 31, 1965

WED 7/14 – Ray Charles – If It Wasn’t For Bad Luck – December 8, 1968

FRI 7/15 – Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara – Wrong Phone Number – January 16, 1966

FRI 7/15 – George Givot – Malaprops – July 27, 1958

FRI 7/15 – Brenda Lee – Losing You – May 12, 1963

FRI 7/15 – Connie Francis – Alexander’s Ragtime Band – October 14, 1962

*Unlisted YouTube link and/or embed code may be available upon request or click link to grab embed code where included. Schedule may be subject to change without notice. Segments are listed chronologically by stream date and time.

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About The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show is the most popular primetime variety show in American history. For nearly a quarter century, Ed Sullivan hosted the greatest array of talent on television, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Motown artists such as The Supremes, The Temptations and The Jackson 5. Every Sunday night at 8pm on CBS from 1948-1971, The Ed Sullivan Show showcased a wide variety of pop culture from the worlds of music, comedy, novelty and much more. The library of 1,000 hours includes over 10,000 performances.

About SOFA Entertainment

In 1990, Andrew Solt formed SOFA Entertainment Inc. and acquired The Ed Sullivan Show from the Sullivan family. The Ed Sullivan Show is the most respected and revered variety show in television history. SOFA Entertainment is the copyright holder of the original Ed Sullivan programs and over 150 hours of newly created programming.

About UMe

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the global catalog and special markets division of Universal Music Group (UMG).  Working closely in concert with UMG’s record labels, territories and operating companies, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, an emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and creating opportunities in new technologies.

Fireworks by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

Jersey City Night Market Fireworks Festival

The heart of Jersey City was illuminated with sparkling flares as its residents gathered to watch the captivating light show on July 4th. On the banks of the Hudson River, Jersey City Night Market hosted their Food & Fireworks Festival on Montgomery St, overlooking the Jersey City Waterfront. From noon to 10pm, this family-friendly and pet-friendly celebration invited all to the free festivities.

Offering the patriotic backdrop of Lady Liberty, local JC craft beers, and the catchy sounds of Meghan Thee Stallion, Jersey City Night Market offered the ultimate way to enjoy Independence Day weekend. With ten hours of Chilltown Collective’s DJ entertainment, the party truly never stopped.

Over twenty food vendors were involved in the event, with tantalizing tastes from Eemas Cuisine, Spoonable Spirits, The Law of Doughnut Engineering, and Mozzarepas. There is truly something for everyone- even Woof Bowl for hungry dogs and Simply Done Production’s food truck for plant-based foodies. Flavors from around the world, including Korean corndogs at Oh K-Dog, invites guests to come together for the tantalizing tastes of the Jersey Shore Night Market.

If guests became thirsty after indulging in the mouthwatering bites, they could stroll down to the waterfront’s 21+ biergarten. The biergarten was sponsored by GP’s Bar and Restaurant, which provided guests with chilled, refreshing brews during the holiday’s heat wave.

The fourth of July festival highlighted a variety of local retail vendors. Participants included Woof Bowl, Hudson Houndstooth, Flor y Café, Jupiter Knights Hemp Co, The Hemp Social, Ten Dollar Books, Naz Jewelry, and Polished Concrete. St. Anne Catholic Church also reveled in the merrymaking, splitting their profits 50/50 with the Italian Festival.

At the end of the festivities, festivalgoers stared at the sky in awe of New Jersey’s largest fireworks show. The bursting explosions of color and light illuminated the waterfront and made the Hudson River glow with joyous revelry.

The Jersey City Night Market is a community initiate led by the creators of the Midnight Market and the Mise En Place Project. The Mise En Place Project is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. To read more about the market, please visit HERE.

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The Murder of Fort Hood Soldier, Vanessa Guillen

By Emmet McGeown


“How can this happen on a military base? How can this happen while she was on duty? How can this just happen and then let it go under the rug like it was nothing?” These were the words of Mayra Guillen, sister of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, who has been missing for months and is now confirmed dead.  

On April 22nd, Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old Hispanic Small Arms and Artillery Repairer, went missing. She was last seen alive at a parking lot at squadron headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. For months, Pfc. Guillen’s family held out hope that their beloved was still alive, yet the discovery of remains near the Leon River, north of Austin, has vanquished that hope. While the FBI is still awaiting a positive DNA analysis, the family believes that the remains belong to Vanessa.  

Yet, this story does not begin with her disappearance nor does it end with her death. Prior to her vanishing, Pfc. Guillen, according to her sisters, was having difficulties with sexual harassment while stationed at Fort Hood, outside Killeen, Texas. The attorney representing the family in the case revealed that Guillen had confided to her sisters and several other soldiers that a superior had walked in on her while taking a shower and that he proceeded to sit down and watch her. Other relatives and Pfc. Guillen’s boyfriend have noted on social media that something is “not right” and that Vanessa felt unsafe at the military base.  

However, during a press conference on Thursday, July 2nd, senior special agent for the Fort Hood Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), Damon Phelps, reported that there was no evidence backing the claim that she had been sexually harassed. He affirmed that “there has been no information — and we have interviewed hundreds of people… There is no credible information about that.” Despite this rebut by CID, family attorney, Natalie Khawam said, in an interview with PEOPLE, that she believes Pfc. Guillens was sexually harassed by Spc. Aaron David Robinson.

Spc. Robinson was the leading suspect in Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance, and as authorities caught up with him on Tuesday evening, he shot himself. It has since been revealed that Robinson was, in fact, responsible for the murder of Pfc. Guillen’s. Guillen’s was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in the armory where she worked, according to the family’s attorney. They made this discovery through an extensive investigation, in which witnesses divulged that they saw Robinson transporting a large box labelled “very heavy in weight.”

Then, after consenting to an examination of his cellphone records, court documents reveal, it was discovered that Robinson made several phone-calls to his girlfriend Cecily Aguilar on the night of Apri 22nd and into the early hours of the April 23rd. After being interviewed multiple times, Aguilar finally told investigators that her boyfriend had murdered Guillen. She also revealed how she and her boyfriend had met up and dismembered Guillen’s body together with a “hatchet or machete type knife” and, after attempting to set her corpse on fire, buried Guillen’s body parts in three different holes. Texas Rangers have since arrested Aguilar and she now faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  

The issue of sexual harassment within the Army remains a problem in this case, given that Guillen’s family, according to their attorney, claimed that Vanessa was planning on reporting Robinson the day after she was murdered, and had delayed over fear of reprisal and inaction. Yet the Army says there exists no credible evidence that she was sexually harassed before her disappearance, and in a statement from the Fort Hood Press Center, officials said that the criminal investigation “has not found any connection between sexual harassment and Vanessa’s disappearance.” They plan to continue their investigation in light of new revelations. 

Lupe Guillen, another sister of Vanessa’s, told NPR that her sister wanted to be in the military since she was a little girl, “she wanted to be a fighter. She wanted to be a hero. She wanted to be someone in life. … The military failed her.

The family is now pushing for legislation to create an independent agency for soldiers who are victims of sexual harassment and assault. 

After a year Vanessa’s fiancé speaks out claiming “They failed us,” see the full ABC interview here.

For more updated information and to read other statements from family and friends click here.

It has been a year since Vanessa’s body was found and her family members, friends, and fellow military members still have many unanswered questions. While it is assumed that Vanessa’s killer was one of another soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, Aaron Robinson, the army is still investigating. Her fiancé spoke to ABC last week, discussing his anger and frustration at the lack of answers and closure he, her family and friends have. Many are upset with how the Army handled the situation and investigation. Interrogating her friends instead of going after Robinson, who many suspected from the beginning.

Her family now hopes that the “I Am Vanessa Guillen” bill, which will make sexual harassment a crime in military law will be approved and help prevent other soldiers from being harassed while defending their country, and other families from feeling the loss they do.

Stay tuned to 360 Magazine for more updates and links to current articles and videos.

ABC will also be airing coverage every week until someone is convicted.

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Free Ways to Have Fun in Montreal This Summer

You don’t have to break the bank to have an amazing time in Montreal. The city is filled to the brim with stunning museums, gorgeous nature parks, and frequent cultural festivals. The best part? Most of the best things to see in Montreal are actually completely free.

Travelling on a budget may be tricky but in a city like Montreal, it’s easy to have an unforgettable trip without spending a fortune. 

#1. Explore the natural beauty of Mount Royal Park

The namesake of Montreal is also one of its main attractions, the beautiful Mount Royal. This peaked hill stands tall in the centre of the city, surrounded by a nature park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the renowned architect who made New York’s Central Park a reality.

Mount Royal Park is especially beautiful in the summer for picnics, relaxing by Beaver Lake, or hiking to the top for some spectacular views. You can spend a whole day here and all without spending a bit.

#2. Create your own bike tour of the city and surrounds

A great way to spend a day without breaking the bank is by seeing the city on a bicycle. Montreal is crisscrossed with bike paths that total a length of over 500km and all are open to the public for free.

Cycle along the Lachine Canal into Old Montreal, pass the Olympic Village, and enjoy the sights of Parc La Fontaine along the way. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can even make your way off of the island to explore the north and south shores.

#3. Get your culture fix at one of the city’s amazing museums

The Musee des Beaux Arts

For lovers of art and photography, there is no better way to spend an afternoon for free than at The Musee des Beaux-Arts. Along with a permanent exhibition, the museum features artwork from Canadian and European artists like drawings, engravings, silverware, and works of art from ancient Asia, Egypt, Greece, and South America. 

Modern art aficionados can also see Andy Warhol’s advertising on display too! Museum admission is free for all on the first Sunday of the month and every day for those 20 and under while seniors (65+) are admitted free on Thursdays.

The Redpath Museum

The Redpath Museum is named after a 19th-century sugar baron who financially supported the museum on the campus of McGill University. 

History and science geeks will get a kick out of the wide range of fossils (including dinosaurs), skeletons of rare and extinct animals, rocks and minerals, and a fine collection of Egyptian antiquities that the Redpath has to offer. And best of all, admission is free.

#4. Partake in the summer festivals

Montreal is known as a festival town and it’s no wonder with locals that love to eat, drink, and celebrate life every day of the year. 

The city is abuzz with music festivals throughout the year like the International Jazz Festival, Les Francofolies, Les Nuits D’Afrique, and the indie music festival Pop Montreal. Music lovers, rejoice! From shows and live entertainment, the summer is ablaze with music — and all of it is completely free.

#5. Enjoy the spectacle of the International Fireworks Competition

Summer visitors to Montreal will likely be familiar with the International Fireworks Competition there that takes place twice a week throughout June and July. This epic (and free) attraction draws locals and tourists alike to the waterfront of the Old Port, the Jacques Cartier Bridge, or the amusement park, La Ronde, for the best views.

#6. Stay in and relax

Whether you’re a Montreal local or on a summer holiday, some days you may just feel like staying in and snuggling up with a glass of wine and a good movie. 

For a fun and free good time, put on your comfiest outfit and try your luck at one of Canada’s great online casinos with free spins that require no obligation and are easy to activate. Who knows? Your free spins might end up paying off!

MONTREALIVE

The vibrance of the city is undeniable, as is the accessibility for all types of travellers on any budget. There are delicious cheap food choices, it’s easy to walk or cycle around, and there are plentiful free activities to do and things to see – especially in the summer when nearly every week hosts some kind of festival, street fair, parade, or cultural show.

Montreal has been called many things throughout the years. From “The City of Steeples” to “Festival City”, “The City of Saints”, nothing captures the essence of the city as well as its most recent nickname: “Montrealive”.

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DON’T PLAY W/ FIRE

By Gabriella Scerbo

Fireworks: Usually an item associated with July 4th or any sort of celebration. Every year around the major cities hundreds of people gather to watch fireworks, and are in awe of their multicolors, and unique pulsating sounds. Another thing that many love about fireworks, is the excuse to sip a cold beer (maybe a little too much) but overall spend quality time with family. This time of celebration and positive correlation seems to be out the window when discussing fireworks in the political climate of 2020.

Fireworks are illegal in many states without a permit, and police departments across the country are cracking down on the abundant use. Law enforcement is once again restating the ordinances regarding these fireworks. In Illinois, the Police Department posted a Facebook update, once again reminding residents of the policy. In June, New York City firework complaints have more than tripled within the past year. This influx in fireworks is due to the fact that large gatherings are cancelled, such as concerts, sporting events and many other celebrations due to the spread of COVID-19.

Another theory regarding the influx of fireworks, are the protests following the death of George Floyd. In New York City and major cities around the country, thousands protest police brutality and years of systemic racism, and racial injustice faced by the Black Community. The Black Lives Matter movement have also been involved in directly using fireworks in addition to peaceful protests, and a larger national conversation about the system injustices.

Pasadena, California has seen a 400% increase of fireworks related complaints. Around 40% (2 in 5) of Americans plan on buying their own fireworks this year, due to the cancellations of many celebrations due to COVID-19. In the Big Apple, Firework complaints have rose to 13,109 compared to just 32 last year.

Not only are these fireworks having a large affect on humans, they also affect everyone’s favorite member of their families: pets.

Although the fireworks seem to glisten in the sky, used for either boredom or to reiterate an important movement, they can also cause serious physical injuries. These effects include loss of fingers, hands, and even tissue damage on the face. Fireworks should be left to people that know how to properly use them.

Not only are the fireworks causing physical injuries to many, they are also causing light pollution and air pollution, which has a direct negative effect on the environment. These fireworks put harmful chemicals and smoke in the air, these chemicals have negative implications such as coughing, shortness of breath, and even heart attacks.

The loud noises are causing concern to frontline workers during the pandemic, looking to get a good night’s rest from another stressful day in the hospital. As well as officer workers, eager to get back to some sense of normalcy during Phase 2 of reopening following COVID-19.

Not only are these fireworks having a large negative on humans, they also affect everyone’s favorite member of their families: pets. Similar to humans, the loud noise is not the most pleasing one, and can cause mental problems. Dogs specifically, when hearing these noises tend to self mutilate, due to anxiety.  Smaller dogs, such as border collies, Australian Shepherds and chihuahua’s can be especially sensitive.

Unfortunately, the amount of pets that are entered in the shelters post July 4th are around 80% higher  than normal. Imagine the potential increase in  shelters with the fireworks in 2020.

These astronomical numbers will be steadily increasing if this firework predicament is not properly taken care of. Many amazing pets lives will be destroyed, as well as there loving families.

 In the grand schemes of things, fireworks are a very small issue in the sea of large issues. However, right now they have been brought into the spotlight as yet another concern for the safety of major cities around the country.

Spark Joy with these 4th of July Cocktails

The most-anticipated summer weekend is just around the corner! Level up and make your Independence Day celebration sparkle with these simple yet elevated cocktails, each profiling a different flavor and sure to suit everyone’s preferences. After a heavy afternoon of  burgers and hot dogs, wash it all down with refreshing and low-sugar cocktails while jiving to your favorite tunes.

From a delicious Watermelon Firecracker Margarita to a Berry United Lemonade and elevated G&T, sip back and enjoy the summer weather.

The Independent G&T

    • 4 ounces Fever-Tree tonic water
    • 2-3 frozen cranberries (garnish)
    • 1 popsicle (garnish)
  • Ice

Pour Jaisalmer Gin and tonic water over ice in a tall glass. Stir and garnish with a popsicle and cranberries.


Berry United Lemonade

    • 3 cups lemonade
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 4-6 dashes Angostura bitters
    • Lemons (garnish)
    • Blueberries (garnish)
  • Ice

In a pitcher, pour Diplomatico Rum, lemonade and water. Add in lemon and bitters. Garnish with lemon slices and blueberries. Serve chilled.


Firecracker Margarita

    • Kosher salt
    • 1 lime wheel
    • 3 ounces fresh watermelon juice
    • ¾ ounces fresh lime juice
  • Watermelon (garnish)

Place some salt on a small plate. Rub rim of an old-fashioned or rocks glass with lime wheel (reserve for serving); dip in salt.

Combine watermelon juice, Partida Tequila, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail into prepared glass and garnish with watermelon lime wheel.


FIVESTAR NYE 2018

FIVESTAR NEW YEAR’S EVE MAKES A HUGE SPLASH ON NEW YEAR’S EVE ON WATSON ISLAND

Dazzling Fireworks, A Sleek 110-Foot Yacht and Spinning DJs Set the Stage for the Fête’s Most Memorable Edition

FiveStar New Year’s Eve, the luxury-driven New Year’s Eve fête produced by Concept ID, celebrated its exclusive party on the intimate Watson Island as well as key on-brand nightlife activations throughout the week of at Rockwell, Delano South Beach and ORA.

Dazzling fireworks, a sleek and newly unveiled 110-foot yacht by Astondoa for invited guests, influencers and VIPS to enjoy a dinner by TATEL, festive tunes and tropical weather it all set the stage for the event’s most memorable edition yet with 1,300 guests attending.

Upon entering, visitors were greeted by a branded step-and-repeat to take photos as well as the Saint Tropez-esque beach club concept that offered the ideal beachside venue with its plush VIP and Golden Lounges. Precisely at midnight, guests were treated to a dazzling display of fireworks over the Downtown Miami skyline all the while enjoying drinks from the two premium open-bars that lined the space. Additionally, three Miami-based DJs, (Patrick Pizzorni, NAZA and Giovannetti) spinned tunes throughout the night into the early hours.

For more information on FiveStar New Year’s Eve, please follow the official website here:

http://www.fivestarnye.com

Follow FiveStar New Year’s Eve on Facebook: www.facebook.com/fivestarnye and Instagram:

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ABOUT CONCEPT ID

Concept ID is a marketing and communications agency with clients such as Itau bank, Must University, Fusion Energy Drink, Absurda sunglasses, Ginetta race car and experience in events like Kevin Hart’s Heartbeat Weekend, Oculto, Sunset Funeral Miami and FiveStar New Year’s Eve. Their unique solutions in the Miami/US market have made them successful in their creation, production and project management of accounts in entertainment and sports. For more information on Concept ID, please visit www.conceptid.us or call 786.768.2447.