TUCKER, Ga. (May 20, 2019) – Summer promises to be a grand slam in Tucker, as the City announced Monday a baseball theme for their second annual TKR Summer of Fun.
“Tucker is quintessential America and nothing is more American than baseball,” said Tucker’s City-Community Connector Sonja Szubski, who is organizing the events. “We look forward to celebrating this summer with all of our friends and neighbors and continuing to build community here in Tucker.”
The three-event series will start June 7 with the return of the popular Movie on Main Street. Moviegoers will enjoy the inspirational and uplifting film The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid. Released in 2002, the movie tells the story of high school science teacher Jim Morris and his improbable route to becoming a Major League Baseball player. The Rookie is rated G and is appropriate for all ages. Before the show, fans can show off their slugging skills on Main Street in an inflatable batting cage and grab a free non-alcoholic drink at Village Burger. The City will also be handing out free bags of popcorn.
On July 3, the City is partnering with the Old Town Tucker Merchants Association (OTTMA) for the annual Celebration of Independence and Fireworks Spectacular. Last year, an estimated 5,000 people packed downtown Tucker to see the City’s first-ever fireworks show. This time around, there will be live music preceding the fireworks and a group of armed forces veterans will be selected to lead the countdown to start the show. The fireworks will again be centered behind Tucker High School and executed by the professional staff from East Coast Pyrotechnics.
“We are back once again after providing the fireworks entertainment at the inaugural City of Tucker July 3rd Celebration last year,” said Scott Donahue of East Coast Pyrotechnics. “There’s nothing quite like celebrating on Main Street Tucker and we can’t wait to do it again.”
The Summer of Fun wraps up on August 6 with the City’s third annual National Night Out Celebration. The effort, a collaboration with the DeKalb County Police Department’s Tucker Precinct, is a free community picnic hosted at Brockett Elementary School. In previous years, hundreds of neighbors have attended events at Idlewood Elementary School and Livsey Elementary School. Neighbors are invited to walk to Brockett, where possible, and enjoy a free dinner from a popular food truck. To keep with the summer’s theme, free dessert will be provided in the form of Cracker Jack and apple pie.
“For the police, keeping communities safe has always been a team sport,” said Lt. D.G. Schoeppner, Tucker’s Police Liaison. “However, it has become apparent to us that we can’t restrict our team to only people that carry a badge and gun. National Night Out is one of the events that really helps us to build the bridges needed to get the public on our team.”
For the second straight year, the TKR Summer of Fun will be made possible through partnerships with local corporate sponsors and community groups. Series sponsors include Discover DeKalb, Jacobs Engineering and OTTMA. Hall of Fame sponsors are Tucker-Northlake CID, Tucker Summit CID and Optech. The All-Star event sponsors are Tucker Brewing Company and InterDev.