National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes positive law enforcement-community partnerships, returns next month to Chula Vista and in various municipalities across the nation.
The free family-friendly community event will take place on Aug. 2 at the Chula Vista Police Department, located at 315 4th Avenue, from 4 to 8 p.m. Community members may participate in games, demonstrations, tours of the CVPD headquarters, a Home Depot Kids Workshop, and engage with local police officers.
According to the nonprofit organization the event is named after, National Night Out is celebrated on the first Tuesday in August by millions of neighbors in thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, and military bases worldwide. Participating neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits, and more.
National Night out was introduced in August of 1984 through an already-established network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations, and volunteers across the nation.
The first annual National Night Out involved 2.5 million neighbors across 400 communities in 23 states.