National Night Out is a unique community event, started almost 30 years ago and celebrated across the United States and Canada. It’s day when people hold parties to strengthen community cohesiveness and crime resistance, as well as get to know their local public safety officials. The event is held nationwide on the first Tuesday in August every year, with block parties, cookouts, parades, youth activities and more, all with the intention of building community in neighborhoods.
The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
So pack up the family next Tuesday, August 6th, and come down to Holladay Park at NE 11th & Holladay from 5-7pm. There will fun for the whole family, including live music, a kids activity zone, free food and drinks and emergency response vehicles on display.
This is a great way to celebrate your community by getting to know the people on your block and in your neighborhood. Be sure to stop by the Point West Credit Union booth to say Hi to a couple of Portland Pedal Power riders. We will be handing out fun items for the kids including Point West bike lights, safety whistles and more! See you there!