The 36th annual National Night Out is scheduled for Aug. 6, for several police departments in Will County and all around the country.
The purpose of the event is for local police departments to engage with the communities they serve with fun, family-friendly activities. The annual event is a community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships.
Several communities in Will County, including Joliet, Plainfield and others, typically host their own events. According to the National Association of Town Watch, the National Night Out event has spread to 16,000 communities across the country.
• Plainfield’s National Night Out will be held Aug. 6 at the Plainfield Village Hall at 24401 W. Lockport St. from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, a balloon artist, bounce houses, “Touch a Truck,” games, live music, a chance to dunk the Plainfield police and fire chiefs and more. Bring nonperishable goods to donate to the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry.
• New Lenox’s National Night Out will be held Aug. 6 at the Village Commons on Veterans Parkway from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include a touch-a-truck display, inflatables, live music and free food and treats.
• Romeoville’s National Night Out will be held Aug. 6 at the Romeoville Police Department,1050 W. Romeo Road, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is superhero-themed and will include kid’s activities, rapid response vehicles, a K-9 demonstration, a tour of the police station, a stun gun demonstration, free food and giveaways.
• Shorewood’s National Night Out will be held Aug. 6 at the Shorewood Police Department, 903 W. Jefferson St., from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The event will include a DJ, CSI 101, a moon jump, station tours, a firearms simulator, stun gun demonstrations, raffles, food and refreshments. There also will be a showing of the movie “Wonder” at dusk.
• Manhattan will host a Public Safety Community Night on July 26, on Park Road from 6 to 8 p.m. It will be a celebration of all things public safety in conjunction with National Night Out. There will be free food and refreshments, face painting, interactive displays, a child ID clinic, “Touch a Truck,” safety exhibits and many other activities.
• Wilmington’s National Night Out will be held Aug. 6 at the Wilmington Police Department,129 Robert P. Welding Drive, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be free food, including hot dogs from the Launching Pad, music, games and activities for kids.
• Braidwood’s National Night Out will be held Aug. 6 at the Braidwood Police Department, 141 W. Main St., from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be free food and fun for families.