5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, July 4

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.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RestoreTheFourthTampaFlorida.

(2) Ft. Lauderdale Strikers vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

The Tampa Bay Rowdies are holding their annual Fourth of July game against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

"Our fans love the traditional July 4th match, and we hope to finish the Spring Season with a win on Thursday," said Rowdies Head Coach Ricky Hill."

The Rowdies are undefeated in 12 of the last 13 meetings against Ft. Lauderdale since 2010.

Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit rowdiessoccer.com.

Following the match, fans are invited to watch the City of St. Petersburg's fireworks from the field at Al Lang Stadium.

(3) St. Petersburg fireworks

The City of St. Petersburg is holding its annual 4th of July Fireworks show on the waterfront on Thursday night.

The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m., thought they could start as early as 8:30 p.m. or as late as 10:00 p.m. due to weather.

The fireworks display will be visible all along the waterfront with prime viewing from Vinoy, Albert Whitted, and North Straub Parks.

There will be food and beverage vendors along the waterfront throughout the day. No alcohol or personal fireworks will be permitted.

If you plan to park downtown, you are asked to arrive early and park in legal parking lots or in city garages. For more information call (727) 893-7441 or visit www.stpeteparksrec.org.

(4) Red, Brick & Boom

Legoland Florida in Winter Haven brings back its popular Red, Brick & Boom event on Thursday night.

The park will wrap up Independence Day festivities with a special fireworks show. Guests will be given special 3-D glasses that turn ordinary fireworks into millions of exploding LEGO bricks.

The Red, Brick & Boom fireworks show will be repeated on Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information, call (877) 350-5346 or visit florida.legoland.com.

(5) Tampa Channelside fireworks

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.

For more information, visit www.funintampabay.com.

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