TAMPA BAY - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, July 5.
(1) Motorcycle Enforcement Campaign
The Tampa Police Department beings a four-week motorcycle enforcement campaign on Friday.
This year Tampa officers have investigated 13 motorcycle fatalities compared to three for the same time last year. Officers are discovering more motorcyclists are operating without the proper motorcycle endorsement.
During the safety campaign, police will be citing motorcycle drivers for unsafe driving practices, improper display of tag and drivers without the appropriate endorsement on their license.
Officers will also be enforcing the motorcycle helmet law. Motorcycle helmets are required if the driver does not have medical insurance. There will be a zero tolerance policy during the enforcement period which runs through July 31.
(2) Subway Firecracker 250
NASCAR drivers will be at Daytona International Speedway on Friday.
Nationwide Series drivers will race tonight in the Subway Firecracker 250. The 100-lap, 250-mile race begins at 7:30 p.m. The two-lap qualifying session starts at 2:05 p.m.
Qualifying for Saturday's Sprint Cup race, the Coke Zero 400, will begin at 4:00 p.m. The 55th annual Coke Zero 400 starts tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Gates to the Sprint Fanzone opens today at 9:30 a.m. The Grandstand gates will open for the qualifying sessions at 1:30 p.m.
For more information on all events this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com .
(3) Nik Wallenda welcomed home
The City of Sarasota will welcome home daredevil high-wire walker Nik Wallenda on Friday.
Wallenda successfully walked without a tether on a 2-inch wire 1,500 foot over the Little River Gorge near the Grand Canyon on June 23.
The Suncoast Charities for Children announced it will dedicate tonight's 29th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival Parade of Boats in honor of Wallenda.
Wallenda will be the parade's Honorary Grand Marshal. Edgar Hansen of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch will serve as the Grand Marshal.
The parade starts at 7:00 p.m. will run from U.S. 301 to Gulf stream Avenue in Sarasota. A block party will take place at the corner of Lemon Avenue and Main Street from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.
For more information, visit www.suncoastoffshore.org .
(4) Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays will begin a ten-game home stand against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field on Friday night.
Chicago has lost six of their last eight game entering tonight's game.
Jeremy Hellickson will start for the Rays. He has posted a 1.42 ERA over his last three starts after having a 5.61 ERA in April and May.
Dylan Axelrod will be Chicago's starting pitcher. Over his last four starts Axelrod has struggled, posting a 7.40 ERA.
The Rays and White Sox split a four-game series in Chicago in April.
First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. For more information, visit raysbaseball.com .
(5) Red Bull Wake Open
Red Bull Wake Open, the premier international wakeboarding competition, returns to the Tampa Convention Center on Friday evening.
Thirty-six of the world's top wakeboard athletes from nine countries will compete in three categories: Park, Boat, and Big Air. Athletes will be judged on overall impression using a score-based system with single elimination qualifiers.
You can view the competition for free along the Tampa waterfront tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Following tonight's competition there will be a fireworks show over the Hillsborough River.
The Red Bull Wake Open will also be televised live on NBC on Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com .
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