Atlanta, Ga. (CW69 News at 10)
TUCKER, Ga. (June 29, 2020) – There will be rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air, figuratively of course, over the City of Tucker this Friday night. The City is gearing up for its third annual Celebration of Independence and Fireworks Spectacular, although in a much different way than in previous years.
“Since the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve been asked over and over: ‘Are you actually shooting off fireworks?’” said Matt Holmes, Tucker’s Director of Communications and Administrative Services. “And our answer is absolutely, 100 percent, beyond the shadow of a doubt ‘yes!’”
The live, professional fireworks show will be the culmination of a party that typically sees thousands of people fill Tucker’s historic Main Street. But because of the need for social distancing, Main Street will not be closed this year for fireworks viewing. Instead, revelers are asked to either find a socially distant spot nearby to view or watch a live stream of the show on the City’s social media channels.
The party kicks off at 6 p.m. with a concert at Tucker Brewing Company’s outdoor stage. The concert, featuring local bands Hush Money and The Riot Band, will be streamed in its entirety. When the music ends, the fireworks begin. As in previous years, they will be ignited behind Tucker High School and begin around 9:30 in the evening.
“We’re glad to offer Tucker a continuation of this annual tradition but, remember, the best seat in the house is going to be inside your actual house,” Holmes said. “This live stream is going to be amazing and, be honest, how many times do you get to watch Tucker on your smart TV with fireworks lighting up the downtown? We hope folks will get some takeout from their favorite Tucker restaurant, sit back and enjoy the show.”
The Celebration of Independence and Fireworks Spectacular is the first event of the popular TKR Summer of Fun series. It will be followed on August 4 by a community picnic at the Lake Erin pavilion at Henderson Park to honor Tucker’s volunteers. The final event will be National Night Out at Midvale Elementary School, originally scheduled for August, but pushed to October 6 due to the pandemic.
The series sponsor for this year’s TKR Summer of Fun is Jacobs Engineering. Jacobs is a technical services and consulting firm, which employs more than two dozen staff members at Tucker’s City Hall. InterDev is the event sponsor for the Celebration of Independence and Fireworks Spectacular. InterDev handles information technology and GIS services for the City of Tucker.