On the first Tuesday of every August, police officers across the nation take part in family-friendly activities to enhance police-community relations during “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” Departments plan carnivals, meet-and-greets, K-9 demonstrations and ice cream giveaways to show children and parents the softer side of law enforcement. Officers hope to show kids and adults how they make their community a safer, more caring place to live.

National Night Out is all about building and reinforcing the relationship between public safety and the residents we serve,” says Pennsauken Police Chief Phil Olivo. “This year, we expect to provide another great experience for the members of our community.”

“Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more,” says the National Night Out website.

Here are some activities planned across the state to celebrate National Night Out:

Atlantic County

Crestview Avenue soccer fields
6 – 9 pm
There will be lots of family fun available!

Gaskill Park, 40 Farragut Ave.
6 – 9 pm
School groups, local businesses and organizations will take part. Food trucks will be on site. There is a raffle drawing planned before the fireworks.

Bergen County

Fair Lawn
Schmidt Field in the rear of Memorial Middle School
7 – 9 pm
The evening will include information on crime prevention, free giveaways, food trucks, snacks, vendors, emergency service vehicles and children activities, plus live music from McKinley & Morlot.

Lodi Memorial Park
6 – 9 pm
Make sure you pick up free giveaways from the fire department, VFW, American Legion, Bobys & Girls Club of Lodi, Lodi Chamber of Commerce and Lodi Little League. The National Guard will host an inflatable fun house. Enjoy music from NY State of Mind at 7:30 am.

New Milford
7 – 10 pm
Among the highlights of this giant celebration will be amusement rides, music, food vendors, law enforcement and emergency services displays, Armed Forces displays, ice cream, face painting, fire department ladder trucks and more. End the night with a special fireworks display to celebrate New Milford’s 100th anniversary.

Paramus Public Library
5 – 7 pm
Join the Paramus Police and other community organizations for a fun, family-friendly evening.  Hang out on Century Road with the police department’s Motorcycle Unit, the Fire Department, Rescue, Ambulance and Communication units.  Wander down the drive and into the library’s parking lot to visit information booths and participate in crafts, games and other activities. Stay for the concert from EpicSoul at 7 pm.

South Hackensack
Town Hall parking lot
6 – 9 pm
Join local police officers for fun and games for the whole family.

Burlington County

Bordentown Twp.
Joseph Lawrence Park, 316 Ward Ave.
6 – 9 pm
Come down for officer meet-and-greets, food, drinks, games, music, safety booths, emergency vehicles, Cops vs. Kids basketball, K-9 demo, obstacle course, cornhole with cops, face painting, and Xbox with a Cop.

Camden County

Haddon Heights
McLaughlin-Norcross Memorial Dell (Haddon Lake Park), 1214 S. Park Ave.
6 – 9 pm
How fun is a pie-eating contest? Also enjoy ice cream, face painting, touch-a-truck, K-9 demos, a dunk tank, popcorn, games and giveaways.

Haddon Twp.
Crystal Lake Pool Complex
5 – 8 pm
After eating hamburgers and hot dogs, enjoy lawn and water games, music from a deejay, safety information and more.


Lindenwold Memorial Park, 1000 United States Ave.
6 – 9 pm
Joining this special celebration will be a U.S. Army National Guard helicopter landing, Camden County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit and U.S. Coast Guard military flyover. Also planned are food options, vendors, information from local businesses and organizations, multiple bounce houses, a deejay and more!

Pennsauken Community Recreation Complex, 6730 Westfield Ave.
6 – 9 pm
Pennsauken’s police officers, firefighters and EMTs are joining forces to present a variety of displays and activities, specialized unit demonstrations and more.

Cape May County

Sea Isle City
Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard & Pleasure Avenue
6 – 8 pm
Join Sea Isle City first responders for a night of interaction, food and fun activities, where you will get to meet and speak with the brave men and women who work in various roles.


Essex County

Memorial Oval
5:30 pm
Where else can you enjoy a tethered hot air balloon ride during National Night Out? Tickets need to be purchased in advance. While waiting your turn, enjoy games, rides, hot dogs, drinks and even helicopters!

Millburn Twp.
Taylor Park
6 – 9 pm
Kids will get a kick out of seeing different police, fire and EMS vehicles. There will also be food vendors from local establishments, a game truck, bounce houses, an obstacle course, a deejay and other entertainment.

Mercer County

East Windsor
East Windsor PAL Complex, 30 Airport Road
6 – 9 pm
Kids will go crazy over an inflatable three-lane obstacle course, inflatable toy axe-throwing game, airbrush tattoo and face painting, police car tours, police K-9 demonstrations, fire and rescue displays, child seat safety inspections, deejay music, plus refreshments.

Ewing Senior Community Center
5:30 – 8 pm
The event will include food, music, a photo booth, emergency vehicle displays, as well as free use of the pool and splashpad.

Hamilton Twp.
Veterans Park, Kuser Road
5 – 8 pm
Rain or shine, come out for a variety of family-friendly activities!

Hopewell Valley
Stony Brook Elementary School, Pennington
6 – 8 pm
Officers from Hopewell Township and Pennington will interact with families. The event will include pony rides, food, live DJ music, children handling a fire hose, honking the horn of a Public Works truck and a chance to dunk an officer in a dunk tank. The school parking lot will fill with vehicles from the police, fire and emergency services for the evening. Children will be able to take photos and sit inside and inspect all the vehicles.

Morris Davison Park
6 – 8 pm
Highlights will include live music, kiddie rides, car show, bicycle safety checks, local emergency services equipment display and other fun.

400 Witherspoon St.
4 – 8 pm
Bring your bathing suits because there will be free admission to the pool during Princeton’s Community Night Out event! While you’re there, enjoy food, face painting, inflatables, a deejay, emergency vehicle displays and a dunk tank. Top it off with free hot dogs and ice cream (while supplies last).


RTPD Headquarters, 1117 Route 130 north
6 – 9 pm
Bring the entire family to meet the officers. The kid-friendly event sill have a deejay, bounce house, blow-up water slide, hot dogs, Shirley Temple bar, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and more.

Middlesex County

Papaianni Park, 100 Municipal Blvd.
6 – 10 pm
Community members can participate in a DWI (driving while intoxicated) golf course simulation and observe a mock crash demo. The night will also include a New Jersey State Police helicopter flyover, food and the showing of the “Paw Patrol” movie. Attendees should bring a chair or blanket for the movie.

Monroe Twp.
5 – 9 pm
The second annual National Night Out Car & Truck Show will be held in conjunction with a family-friendly festival. For the car show, entry is free and limited to the first 100 pre-registered cars. Vehicle check-in is from 5-6 pm at Thompson Park; public voting begins at 6:45 pm for the Top 3 vote getters. Stay for music, games and free refreshments.

North Brunswick
Police headquarters, 710 Hermann Road
5 – 8 pm
A giant block party is planned around the municipal building and police headquarters! There will be free food and fun, including games, activities, vendors, community information and activities for children.

South Brunswick
Rowland Park, 235 Broadway Road
6 – 9 pm
One of the biggest events in the area – which has continually won awards year after year – South Brunswick’s event usually hosts up to 7,000 area residents who come out for lots of free food, games, prizes and displays. First responders offer demonstrations, participate in activities and show off their vehicles. There is music and children’s games.

South River
Denny Stadium, 22 David St.
5 – 9 pm
The event features food vendors, touch-a-truck, activities, games, music, a dunk tank, vendors, giveaways and demonstrations. Food, snacks, refreshments and items from certain vendors will be available for purchase.

Spotswood Municipal Lot
8 – 10 pm
A family movie night will feature the family-friendly animated movie “The Bad Guys.” Bring your own chair.

Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St.
6 – 9 pm
The night will include food, a dunk tank, miniature golf, games and music. Community members can take photos with members of police, fire, emergency medical services (EMS) and their specialty vehicles.

Monmouth County

Asbury Park
Springwood Park
5 – 8 pm
A night out of fun, food, music, games and giveaways! Get to know your police department.

Freehold Borough
Hall of Records parking lot, 1 E. Main St.
5 – 9 pm
All children will receive giveaways during this yearly event. Meet your Freehold police officers, view a showcase by the Freehold Fire Department, watch a K-9 demonstration, receive information from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and enjoy inflatables.

Manalapan Twp.
P.C. Richard & Son parking lot, Route 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Expect special appearances by Princess Anna and Cinderella. Plus, there will be a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, a bounce house, prizes and free food.

Neptune Twp.
Midtown Community Elementary School
5 – 8 pm
Kids will have the opportunity to receive one of more than 20 brand new bicycles, bicycle helmets and many other fun prizes. Free food and refreshments will be provided as well as fun and games for the whole family.

Ocean County

Toms River
Huddy Park
5 – 8 pm
This Night of Fun For Everyone will feature TR United Around the World, plus first responder displays, food trucks, games and face painting.

Passaic County

Jefferson Twp. Police Department
Jefferson Twp. Municipal Complex, 1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge
During this free community picnic, your whole family will enjoy hot dogs, snacks, entertainment and fun. Stop by for informational programs, safety displays, fire and first aid displays, police demonstrations, giveaways, music, games, contests, a petting zoo, a bounce house and a climbing wall.


Somerset County

White Oak Park
Come out for some friendly competition as members of the Branchburg Police Department and the Branchburg Township Recreation Department play their annual softball game.

Municipal Complex, 100 Commons Way
5:30 pm
Enjoy free food, giveaways, tours of headquarters, music, games, face painters, a balloon artist, a dunk tank and more!

Union County

Union Twp.
Police headquarters, 981 Caldwell Ave.
5 – 9 pm
The event will include tours of the police department, Dunk-a-Cop dunk tank, a DUI goggle demonstration, exhibits by first responders, food, music and a deejay.


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