Security preparations continue for Fourth of July in Orlando

‘If you see something, say something, and we will do something,' police say

ORLANDO, Fla. – As the Fourth of July approaches, safety remains a top priority for  those celebrating in central Florida.

The Orlando Police Department is aware that the community of Lake Eola is concerned about security.

“The Orlando Police Department wants to ensure all of our residents and visitors that their safety is our number one priority, and we have taken steps to ensure that safety with increased presence throughout the city and at special events,” the department said in a statement.

The department said security measures will be visible and not visible.

Tents, canopies, large umbrellas, glass items, outside alcohol and personal fireworks are not permitted at the Lake Eola celebration. Also, nothing can be staked into the ground.

Central Florida residents remain excited to the upcoming celebrations at Lake Eola on Monday.

"My wife and I have come down and we refuse to be driven by fear. We're driven by love. You can't hide in a cocoon. You gotta go out and live," said Paul Watters.

"The chances when you really look at it are really slim and that's really what people like that want is for us to be afraid and I'm not going to be one that's going to let them win that way," said Jordan Snider.

Police are also urging the public to keep in mind: "If you see something, say something, and we will do something."

Any suspicious activity can be reported by calling 911.

For more information about the Lake Eola fireworks celebration, go to http://www.cityoforlando.net/fireworks/ and stay with ClickOrlando.com.