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Updated: 07/10/2018 05:29:56PM

What’s that in the water? Pure, grade-A freedom.

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For the fifth 4th of July in a row, Tom Gardner (left), Jacqueline Mix and her son, Kaiden, prepare to take their kayak across Charlotte Harbor to Fishermans Village, at the Freedom Swim, at Charlotte Harbor, on Wednesda in Punta Gorda.

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John Miranaa recited the Pledge, at the Freedom Swim, on July 4th, in Punta Gorda, Wednesday.

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This was the view from the shore, as boats and swimmers prepared for the crossing, at the Freedom Swim, on July 4th, in Punta Gorda, Wednesday.

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Swimmer Casey Keller made it across Charlotte harbor to finish third, at the Freedom Swim, on July 4th, in Punta Gorda, Wednesday.

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T-Dog stood watch, as owner Dan Wardzala paddled across Charlotte Harbor, at the Freedom Swim, on July 4th, in Punta Gorda, Wednesday.

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Making a splash! Dylan Daniels jumped toward his mother Krista Daniels, at the Freedom Swim, on July 4th, in Punta Gorda, Wednesday.

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Florida Wildlife Commission boats stood ready to assist, in case anyone needed help, at the Freedom Swim, on July 4th, in Punta Gorda, Wednesday.

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Winner for the second year in a row, swimmer Dylan Hacker said the swim was fairly easy, but encountered a strong current along the way, at the Freedom Swim, on July 4th, in Punta Gorda, Wednesday.

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Swimmer Marlo Marcheco celebrated the day, at the dock at Harpoon Harry’s, at the Freedom Swim, on July 4th, in Punta Gorda, Wednesday.

View from Harpoon Harry's of participants finishing the swim.

Floaties, kayaks, boats and swimmers arriving to Harpoon Harry's.

Father and son Captain Americas paddling with their trusty canine, Superman.

By LIZ HARDAWAY

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There were flags everywhere.

Hundreds of people paddled their kayaks from the shore, securing their precious beers in a cooler. Floaties, noodles, tubes, boats, dogs, superheroes, sunglasses and so many American flag knick knacks and fashion statements governed the murky waters of Charlotte Harbor to an electrifying cover of ACDC’s “TNT.”

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