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Where to Celebrate National Night Out in Philly and the Main Line

Get to know your neighbors and local police at these fun community events on August 7.

This Tuesday, August 7, is National Night Out: an annual community-building night that promotes police-community partnerships and brings neighbors together for a fun time. Neighborhoods across the country come together on the first Tuesday in August and host community events like block parties, festivals, cookouts, and more.

 

Now in its 35th year, this nationwide event actually has local origins. It all started in the 1980s when Matt Peskin was working volunteering for the Lower Merion Community Watch program—a volunteer group that works in cooperation with the Lower Merion Police Department—and realized that this type of community involvement had benefits that could make a difference nationally. Peskin established the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch, the group that sponsors National Night Out.

 

At first, the “night out” was simply encouraging people to sit on their porches, turn their lights on, and get to know each other and the local police that patrolled the neighborhood; but it has grown into everything from small block parties to large carnivals. Here is where you can celebrate this Tuesday.

Main Line and Suburbs

Wynnewood Shopping Center

August 7, 6—9 pm

50 Wynnewood Rd., Wynnewood

 

Wynnewood goes all out for National Night Out. They’ve got moon bounce, carnival rides, magicians and other entertainment, music, face painting, the Phillie Phanatic, and much more! This event is in partnership with the Lower Merion Police Department, where it all started.

KOP Target

August 7, 6—9 pm

160 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia

 

Upper Merion Township Police Department is hosting their first ever National Night Out. There will be music, games, bounce houses, a rock wall, food, prizes, police demonstrations, and much more.

Reed Henderson High School

August 7, 6—8:30 pm

400 Montgomery Ave., West Chester

 

West Chester Police Department will host its fifth National Night Out celebration with activities for children and adults, crime prevention information, local Police, Fire and EMS displays, and refreshments for all.

Haverford Township

August 7, 6—9 pm

Quarry Center, 116 W. Township Line Rd., Havertown

 

Representatives from HTPD will be there for meet-and-greets and demonstrations.

Pottstown Community Block Party

August 7, 6—8 pm

Washington and Chestnut Street Park, Pottstown

 

Free info, games, music, family fun, and food.

Philadelphia

Snyder Plaza

August 7, 5—8 pm

Corner of Snyder Avenue and Swanson Street at Snyder Plaza, Philadelphia

 

Food, live entertainment, games, music and more! And if their Facebook page is any indication, you may even see the Phillie Phanatic!

Julian Abele Park

August 7, 6—8 pm

22nd Street between Montrose and Carpenter streets, Philadelphia

 

“Light up the Night” with fun family-friendly activities including a neighbor meet-and-greet, food trucks, and lawn games. Various community organizations will be in attendance.

Fox Chase School

August 7, 5—8:30 pm

500 Rhawn St., Philadelphia

 

Come out and enjoy free entertainment, music, refreshments, information tables, and giveaways regarding crime prevention and safe communities.

Russo Park Playground

August 7, 4—9 pm

7301 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Vendors, community organizations, door prizes, food, and entertainment. Mayor Jim Kenney is also scheduled to speak at this event.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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