Tucker Day returns to Main Street on Sept. 4

Photo from Tucker Day 2019. Photo by Dean Hesse

Tucker, GA — Main Street will close down from Railroad Avenue to LaVista Road on Sept. 4 for the return of Tucker Day on Sept. 4. The annual street festival with vendors, food, music and a parade has run continuously since 1957 except for 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizer Honey Van De Kreke said in the beginning, Tucker Days was a weeklong event. Back then, the parade featured Little Miss Tucker, and the participants of the festival dressed in costume. It has never rained during the event, she said, knocking wood, but one time the rain started at 5:01 just when the festival was over.

Van De Kreke also recalled opening a time capsule on the 50th Tucker Day.

“Tucker Day is great fun,” she said. “Tucker has so many new people. We are looking forward to having everyone out to meet their neighbors and see what’s going on at Tucker Day.”

The event begins at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., the “human powered parade” starts with kids, pets, politicians, local organizations and interest groups. Grand Marshalls of the parade this year are first responders. Tucker Optimist Club puts together the parade, and spot are still available. Register online here.

At 11 a.m., the music will start rocking on First Avenue and either end of Main Street. Three stages of entertainment feature nearly every type of music: bluegrass, pop, rock, country, oldies and jazz.

First Christian Church of Atlanta is putting on the kids’ area with a bouncy house, face painting and games in the parking lot at 4228 First Ave., City Hall Annex.

Don’t miss the food at Tucker Day – in addition to all of the restaurants on Main Street, 10 food vendors will be selling good eats including Chick-Fil-A, Kona Ice and Tucker Meat Market plus mini martinis at Blue Ribbon Grill, who is attending Tucker Day for the first time.

An arts and crafts market will feature locally made jewelry, clothing and art, and a presentation by Tucker Northlake CID and Atlanta Regional Commission will showcase future plans for Art in the Alleys.

Main Street Tucker Alliance puts on Tucker Day. The organization is responsible for the revitalization of Main Street, including new signage, street furniture, planters and more in coordination with the Tucker Northlake CID.

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