HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - It's a great night to be out!
The 35th Annual National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, August 7 this year.
The event is designed to strengthen relationships between police officers and neighborhoods. Each community has the opportunity to talk to law enforcement about the crime in their area and steps toward prevention.
Here is a list of National Night Out events happening in each of the seven cities:
Chic's Beach residents will celebrate National Night Out from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Jr. Market on Lookout Road.
The Virginia Beach Police Department 3rd Precinct, Chesapeake Beach Fire Station #4 and Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad will provide static emergency vehicle displays.
There will also be corn hole, free food and drinks and giveaways. Food and prizes will be donated by the Chesapeake Beach Civic League.
More than 150 communities, homeowner's associations, civic organizations, neighborhoods, churches and businesses will band together to host block parties, cook outs and mini festivals all throughout the city.
Suffolk's National Night Out celebrations will kick off with an event in the City Council Chamber at Suffolk City Hall at 442 West Washington Street at 5:30 p.m. Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson, Police Chief Thomas Bennett and Fire Chief Ed Taylor will help get the celebration going.
After the ceremony, tour groups in nine motorcades will go throughout the city to visit registered parties and enjoy the fun.
The Carver Memorial Mausoleum and Cemetery will also hold its first NNO event this year at 6:30 p.m. at its 2320 East Washington Street location. It will collaborate with the Cook-Overton, Crocker and Harris Funeral Homes.
Representatives from the Suffolk Police Department, the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, the Suffolk Sheriff's Office, Suffolk Fire & Rescue and others will participate in the event. They will provide information, answer questions and be able to help survivors, parents, young people and others on grief management, deterring/reporting crimes in the community and avoiding gang involvement.
Red "Stop the Violence" balloons will be available for survivors to acknowledge the grave sites of loved ones at Carver whose deaths were caused by violent crimes.
If you have a loved one at Carver whose death was caused by a violent crime and you are unable to attend the event and wish to authorize staff to place balloons at the grave site on your behalf, or if you want to reserve balloons that you will pick up and place on Tuesday, August 7 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., call the office at (757) 539-9902.
There are also other events going on such as the Obici and Health Fair.
The National Night Out (NNO) Obici and Health Fair will take place at King’s Fork Middle School, located at 350 Kings Fork Road, on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
National Night Out will occur on August 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. within the Broad Creek community located at 2861 East Princess Anne Road (occurring behind the Norfolk SECEP Center). This year's theme? “Hold Up the Light – For Our Home, Our Community, and Our City.”
The fun-filled night includes engaging with fellow neighbors, officers and City officials through fun family events. Local entertainment, food and beverages will also be on display.
The Norfolk Police Department and Norfolk-Fire Rescue will also have displays for residents to view, with the Norfolk Sheriff's Office also offering an onsite Youth ID program.
Prior to National Night Out, the Newport News Neighborhood Watch Coalition and Target in partnership with the Newport News Police Department will sponsor the 2018 National Night Out Kickoff Event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Target located at 12130 Jefferson Ave.