Every year community events occur around the beginning of August that are themed around National Night Out. National Night Out was started with the goal to promote “police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.”
The National Night Out website quotes Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison’s thoughts on the event.
“… the best way to build a safer community is to know your neighbors and your surroundings. National Night Out triumphs over a culture that isolates us from each other and allows us to rediscover our own communities.”
What is National Night Out?
According to National Association of Town Watch, there are National Night Out Events in all 50 states with millions of people taking part. Events vary from block parties to festivals or safety events and demonstrations. Here are a couple of facts about the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), the organization that started National Night Out.
- The NATW was started in 1981 and the National Night Out program started in 1984.
- The first annual National Night Out events occurred in 400 communities in 23 states.
- Now, 38 million community members take part in National Night Out events every year.
- NATW also launched the Dog Walker Watch which encourages dog owners to be observant and report issues they notice when walking their dogs.
Why Does National Night Out Matter to You?
National Night Out events are an easy way to learn more about your local law enforcement and any community initiatives they may be undertaking. Whether or not your community has a formal Neighborhood Watch group, there are probably community and police initiatives going on where you live. Understanding how you can participate allows you to take an active role in making your neighborhood safer and can help you have peace of mind.
How to Find an Event Near You
Pay attention to your community events to see if a National Night Out event is coming soon. Many neighborhoods have social media sites and web pages that promote their community-building and safety events. You can also consider calling your local police department’s non-emergency line and asking what events they are participating in this month.
The map on the National Night Out website shows you a sampling of registered areas. If you can find an area near you, you are a step closer to finding a place where an event might occur! Googling for a specific community you find on the map will give you a place to start looking. Even if you don’t find an event you can attend, you can find other local communities who are safety-minded.
How Guardian Participates in National Night Out
Guardian has participated in various local National Night Out events for many years. We provide safety literature for families relating to various topics that apply to their lives. Some of our topics include: Fire Safety, Home Invasion, Child Safety and Cyber Security.
We also sometimes offer our GuardianKids ID program, which allows parents to make an ID card featuring a photo and fingerprint of their child in the event that that child would ever go missing. GuardianKids ID is a community service that allows parents and children to learn safety tips, take home a valuable I.D. card and have fun while doing it! There are even prizes and giveaways. National Night Out events are just one way Guardian is active in local communities. We participate in other local events as well, throughout the year.
Here are some of the National Night Out events we’re participating in this year:
Franklin Park National Night Out – includes GuardianKids ID Event!
- When: Tuesday, August 7 from 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.
- Where: Franklin Park, PA
Franklin Park Borough Building, 2344 W Ingomar Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
- What: Thank first responders and participate in a Touch-a-Truck event. There will be fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, public works trucks, and tons of fun. Guardian will be providing the GuardianKIDS ID program.
Greenwood’s Night Out Against Crime
- When: Tuesday, August 7 from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
- Greenwood, IN
Justice Center, 186 Surina Way, Greenwood, IN 46163
- What: Free family fun, food, games and demonstrations! Meet local partners and help us raise crime awareness in the community.
National Night Out, Tuscany Village
- When: Saturday, August 11 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
- Where: Tuscany Village, Greenwood, IN
- What: A National Night Out event for residents of Tuscany Village.
If you’re a Pennsylvania local, you can find Guardian at the following community events in 2018:
Richland Township Community Day
- When: Saturday, August 11 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Where: Richland Township Community Park 1043 Van Velsor Dr., Bakerstown, PA 15007
- What: Guardian is a platinum sponsor of this free community event. The event will include great food, Inflatables, Trackless Train, Rock Climbing Wall, Petting Zoo, Giggles the Clown, activities at the barn, Wing-Eating Contest, Ice Cream Eating Contest and much more!
Pittsburgh Little Italy Days
- When: Thursday, August 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, August 17 from Noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 18 from Noon to 9 p.m. , Sunday, August 19 from Noon to 6 p.m.
- Where: Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield Neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA
- What: Awarded First Place for Best Special Event – City of Pittsburgh. Enjoy four days of music, food, games, children’s activities and more at this FREE community event. More info.
Butler Italian Festival
- When: Friday, August 24 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, August 25 from Noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, August 26 from Noon to 6 p.m.
- Where: Main Street, Downtown Butler, PA
- What: This free event is a “taste of Italy” and features food, music and a fireworks display.