5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, July 4
8:37 AM, Jul 4, 2013
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, July 4.
(1) Restore the Fourth protest
People upset with the alleged spying on American citizens by the National Security Agency will be holding a protest rally and march in downtown Tampa on Thursday.
Individuals and community groups attending the Restore the Fourth protest are demanding the government cease violating the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
The Fourth Amendment asserts:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Protesters will assemble beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Lykes Gaslight Square Park. At 2:00 p.m., a march will proceed past both the Federal and County Courthouses before ending at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
The City of Tampa will once again welcome thousands of people to the Channelside Bay Plaza for a Fourth of July fireworks display on Thursday night.
Officials are advising people planning on attending the event there are a number of items banned this year. You will not be allowed to bring backpacks, lawn furniture, coolers and personal fireworks to Channelside.
Expect all bags and purses to be checked. You will only be allowed into Channelside through its main entrance off Garrison Drive.
Wharf access will be limited to the first 3,500 people who receive a wristband starting at 4:00 p.m.
There will be live entertainment from the Boat House Bar from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m.