Young Explosives, on behalf of Austin Pride Committee, will be launching its annual fireworks on Saturday, July 4 at approximately 10 p.m. from a location that overlooks the town.

Austin Pride Committee members have worked hard with a private land owner, the Fire Department, local officials and the borough council to be able to launch the display from the Austin tower site located off Ridge Road. The fireworks will be visible 250 feet higher than the tower and will be visible to the vast majority of town residences as well as surrounding areas including Costello, Keating Summit, Cowley Hill, Ridge Road and the Austin Dam.

“APC is taking many precautions to ensure the safety of its community, while following current State and CDC guidelines,” Austin Pride Committee President Joe Pennypacker said.

Residents are reminded to keep personal social gatherings limited to close family and friends, and to adhere to the state and CDC guidelines for social distancing. Due to the influx of people who may be attending, visitors to the area are reminded to respect private properties, state and local roadways, and to follow state and CDC guidelines for the health and safety of the community.

Vehicles should not be parked where they will block highways. Traffic and crowd control will be monitored by Austin Fire and EMS before, during and after the event to ensure no large social gatherings take place.

For safety reasons, there will be no public access permitted at or near the launch site. Austin fire police will be assisting the Pride Committee at the launch location and throughout the community.

There will be no income from concessions and games of chance as APC is unable to hold these activities due to large gatherings being prohibited. APC will gladly accept donations for this year’s display. Donations can be mailed to Austin Pride Committee, 28 Reading Street, Austin, PA 16720. Donation buckets have also been placed at local businesses throughout the community including Perry’s Country Store, Big Mike’s Dairy Dine, Cock-Eyed Crickett, Austin VFW Post 7810, Wharton Tavern and Store, Hemlock Campground, Austin Campground and Keating Summit Hotel.