Quincy:  Pride, concern share stage at Quincy Tea Party Freedom Celebration

Flags, patriotic music and speeches stirred a crowd of more than 220 at the Quincy Tea Party’s Freedom Celebration.

An estimated 1,500 waved signs, cheered and clapped when speakers made their points and showed their support for the Tea Party movement spreading across the country and present in Columbiana County during an event Friday outside the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton.

Hilton Head:  Tea Party protesters rally against big government, massive spending

… But a group of about 500 who packed the Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center spent the afternoon another way — protesting against taxes.

They were a part of the island’s Fourth of July Tea Party — one of two tea parties held in Beaufort County Saturday. The events were among the 1,900 tea parties held across the country on the holiday, according to organizers.

Bloomington, IN:  Hundreds show up in rain for second local tea party

Despite pouring rain, hundreds of people filled the Main Street block at courthouse square from Washington to Jefferson streets. They presented a sea of colorful ponchos, American flags and umbrellas at an event designed to get politicians to listen to the people.

“This is the second tea party (in Bloomington). The ideas are spreading quickly. We can’t stop here,” said Donny Herrin of Bloomington, one of the speakers on the McLean County Museum of History’s steps. A similar peaceful protest against what organizers call excessive government control in the lives of ordinary citizens was held at the same location April 15.

T.E.A. Party in Idaho Falls:

No one through[sic] anything into the river at this Tea Party, instead they handed out copies of the Constitution, allowed people to place their own John Handcock on a Declaration of Independence, and sign post cards to send to our legislators with a message.

“We have got to let our federal government know we are really fed up. We wanted changed but not this kind of change,” said Elliott.

But you might be wondering, why continue having tea parties?

“Those tea parties, rallied the people of the country. Not just one city, in Boston, but throughout the colonies of that time,” said Dr. Don Schanz who has a PHD in Constitutional Law.

These grass root movements will continue to take place across the nation, even in Idaho Falls.

Got that right.

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