5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, July 3, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

(1) USCIS Oath of Allegiance ceremony

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will administer the Oath of Allegiance to 25 new citizens in downtown Tampa on Thursday.

The citizenship candidates originate from 15 countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Syria, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Today's ceremony is part of USCIS's annual celebration of Independence Day. More than 9,000 new U.S. citizens will officially become Americans during 100 100 naturalization ceremonies across the country during a five day period.

The Tampa ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the John F. Germany Library at 900 North Ashley Drive.

(2) U.S. troops fundraiser at Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market Carrollwood will host a fundraiser for U.S. troops on Thursday.

Proceeds from the Support Our Troops Cookout will benefit Operation Helping Hand, a non-profit organization that assists the families of wounded veterans during their stay at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

For a $5 donation you can receive a flame-grilled hamburger or hot dog with a side item.

Active duty and retired military can eat for free during the fundraiser by presenting a valid military I.D. (while supplies last).

The cookout will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Whole Foods Market Carrollwood is located at 3802 Northdale Boulevard in Tampa.

(3) Selmon Expressway reversible lanes open

The Hillsborough Expressway is giving commuters an easy way to access Western Hillsborough county for the Independence Day holiday weekend beginning on Thursday afternoon

The Reversible Express Lanes (REL) on the Selmon Expressway will open for eastbound operations at 1:30 p.m. today.

The lanes will not reverse to their normal westbound (downtown Tampa) direction until 6:00 a.m. on Monday.

Drivers are advised the hours of operation on the Reversible Express Lanes are subject change without notice for construction or maintenance work.

For more information, visit www.tampa-xway.com .

(4) Coke Zero 400 Weekend begins

Activities for the Coke Zero 400 Weekend get underway at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.

This will be the 56th year NASCAR races will be run during the Independence Day holiday weekend.

The 160-lap, 400-mile race Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race will be held on Saturday. Following the race, drivers and fans will get to enjoy the largest fireworks show in the Southeast.

The practice for Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race will start at noon.

Practices sessions for the Sprint Cup race will occur this afternoon during two sessions. Drivers will take to the track at 4:00 and 6:35 p.m.

Daytona Speedway grandstand gates will open today at 12:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com .

(5) MLB All-Star Game voting ends

Voting for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will end at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday night.

In each league, you can select one player for each infield position and up to three outfielder. For the American League, you can also vote for a designated hitter.

There are nine Tampa Bay Rays on the All-Star ballot: James Loney (First Base); Ben Zobrist (Second Base); Yunel Escobar (Shortstop); Evan Longoria (Third Base); Ryan Hanigan (Catcher), Matt Joyce (Designated Hitter); David DeJesus, Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers (Outfield).

If you login and connect your ballot registration to your MLB.com account, you can receive an additional 10 more ballots, for a total of 35 ballots.

You can voting by going to mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2014/ballot.jsp .

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