The city of Lakeway issued a statement June 30 notifying residents it has officially canceled its fireworks show for the Fourth of July.
Officials had planned for the event to take place out of the Rough Hollow neighborhood along Lake Travis, stating it was the best place for residents throughout the city to view the show while allowing for social distancing. The event was seen as a way to still have a celebration after the city canceled its annual parade and Pageantry of Flags ceremony.
"Due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations the past few weeks, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe sent a letter to mayors in the area recommending local leaders cancel publicly sponsored events and close public spaces in advance of the 4th of July weekend in order to discourage social gatherings and therefore discourage spread of COVID-19," the notice from Lakeway states. "Therefore, out of precaution to protect our residents and community, the fireworks show has been canceled this weekend."
City parks will close starting at 8 p.m. July 2 and will reopen July 7 at 8 a.m., according to the city.
The statement asserted that the Fourth of July is a special holiday for the Lakeway community but that safety must take precedence.
"However, with the ongoing progression of this disease, the health and safety of our residents is our primary focus," the city notice states. "We hope you will still be able to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend safely with your loved ones. Please continue to practice the proper social/physical distancing and wear a face covering in public when around others. Please also remember that individuals shall not socialize in groups of more than 10 and gatherings of 100 or more are prohibited by County Order."
Click here to read the full letter from Travis County.