In 1984, National Night Out (“America’s Night Out Against Crime”) was started as a way to promote community and police partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie, crime prevention activities, and to let criminals know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, according to the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), the non-profit that founded the event.
National Night Out has been observed every first Tuesday of August since 1984, and will turn 30 next year.
Among the nation-wide activities promoted as part of the event is a “lights on” campaign that encourages residents to leave their front porch light on as a symbolic vigil, according to the NATW website. The “lights on” practice is meant to serve as reminder that the community is watching, not hiding in fear in the dark.
Communities throughout Los Angeles County will mark the annual “take back the streets” from crime with a variety of celebrations, ranging from marches to block parties to carnivals and other community gatherings. Law enforcement agencies will participate in the activities along side local residents.
9am—Bell Gardens National Night Out At Veterans Park During Celebrate Bell Gardens Event. Residents are invited by police, fire, and city staff to “Touch-a-Truck”, enjoy a pancake breakfast and watch a salsa cook-off. A National Night Out booth will offer safety tips throughout the weekend. Veterans Park is located at 6662 Loveland Street. For more information call (562) 806-7650.
Tuesday, August 6
4pm to 8pm—The East Los Angeles Sheriffs Station will host an event at Belvedere Park, Civic Center, 4801 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90022. For more information call (323) 264-4151.
Times and locations vary—City of Commerce Neighborhoods will hold block parties hosted by Neighborhood Watch Captains. Commerce residents will be contacted by their Block Captains regarding starting time and locations. For more information, contact Laura Tilley at (323) 887-4460 ext 2870.
6-8pm— Monterey Park Police Department Hosts National Night Out Safety Event at City Hall. Participate in interactive safety exhibits for the kids; displays of Police Department and specialized bureau equipment, such as our Special Response Team, K9 Team, and Traffic Bureau; raffles; and much more. City Hall is located at 320 W. Newark Ave. For more information contact the Monterey Park Police Department’s Community Relations Bureau at (626) 307-1215.
6pm to 8pm—Hollenbeck’s 30th Annual National Night Out in Boyle Heights: 2111 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Event will include free entertainment, food and fun for the entire family. It is being presented by the Los Angeles Police Department, Hollenbeck Community Police Advisory Board, Councilmen Jose Huizar (CD-14) and Gil Cedillo (CD-1). For more information, call the Hollenbeck Police Community Relations Office at (323) 342-4130
6pm to 9pm—El Sereno National Night Out at the Council District 14 Constituent Services Center, 4530 Mercury Avenue, Los Angeles, 90032. Police, Fire, City staff, community groups, and local businesses will be on hand to provide crime prevention and problem solving information. There will be free hot dogs and summer time treats.
6pm to 8pm—Eagle Rock National Night Out at the Eagle Rock Plaza, upper parking lot next to Target. This annual event is meant for Northeast LA residents, not just residents of Eagle Rock. The celebration will include a resource fair, free food, entertainment, games, and a moon bounce. Target is located at 2626 Colorado Blvd., L.A. For more information call (323) 344-5712.