The 7th annual National Night Out against crime is Tuesday, August 2 in both Maplewood and South Orange. Organized and run by the local public safety departments, this event encourages police/community relationships and joins the community together to learn about public safety while providing a fun and entertaining night for families.
National Night Out in Maplewood will take place at Dehart Park from 6:00 – 9 PM. There will be food including hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy and pizza; a bouncy house for kids, a game truck, and face painting. Just like last year, there will be superheroes at the event to entertain the children. Organizations such as the local Domestic Violence Response team will be at the event to provide information about public safety resources.
The South Orange National Night Out will take place on Floods Hill from 6:30 – 10 PM. To start off the night, cover band “Aisle Five” will be performing. There will be food truck vendors, a Kids Zone with activities and inflatable rides, great giveaways (such as t-shirts and glows ticks), and public safety information. The night will come to a close with the showing of “Zootopia” at 8:30 PM on a brand-new 20-ft. screen.
There will even be a helicopter landing, between 7-8 p.m.
Some tips from Village President Sheena Collum:
- Arrive early; if at all possible, walk or carpool — attendance is expected to be the largest ever
- Bring a blanket and maybe a swimsuit for the little ones, so they can take advantage of all the water activities.
- Come hungry! Enjoy the food trucks including Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck, Pizza Vita, Outsiders, Empanada Guy, Cheezen, Donny’s Dogs, Cupcake Carnivale, an Ice Cream Truck
and Drink and Candy Vendors
“National Night Out is a celebration of Public Safety in our village,” said Collum in a Facebook post. “While we make it a fun night packed with activities and entertainment – the night is about celebrating our professional staff and volunteers who protect our community. It’s been a challenging year for our country and I think it would go a long way for everyone attending to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who serve us every day. As Village President, I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them.”
Don’t miss these fun, family-friendly events!