On August 2, community groups around Baltimore will celebrate National Night Out. People will turn on their front porch lights and join together to say “no” to crime in their neighborhoods.

What is National Night Out? An annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

Each community group creates their own “night out” activity. Activities include rallies, block parties, parades, cookouts, and visits from local law enforcement and emergency personnel. The goal is the same for all: to show there is no place for crime in our neighborhoods.

Since its inception in 1984, National Night Out has grown from 2.7 million Americans participating in 400 communities in 23 states to more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world.

National Night Out Baltimore

In Baltimore City, events are planned in Mondawmin Mall, Harwood Community, and other locations throughout the city. At Lake Montebello, they are offering free food, entertainment, community crime prevention information, and a school back pack give away. In Upper Fells, a street-fair-like event is planned from 6-8pm in the parking lot on Pratt Street between Regester and Ann. The event is FREE and includes food, games, a moon bounce, prizes, face painting, a raffle, a fire truck, and various safety and community demonstrations.

The Friends of Herring Run Park have a special evening planned, including free family fun and games, pony rides, food trucks, live demonstrations, a visit from the Johns Hopkins Hospital cares van, video game trucks, giveaways, meet-and-greets with city officials, and more.

In Baltimore County, they are planning BBQ cookouts in Pikesville, community walks, an ice cream social at the The Quarry, a street fair at the Cranbrook Shopping Center, and a block party in Parkville! In Towson, they are planning their annual National Night Out motorcade of Baltimore County police, firefighters and volunteers from the Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP) through Towson’s neighborhoods to show support for the area’s crime prevention initiatives. The motorcade kicks off with a rally in front of Toys ‘R Us and Michael’s on Putty Hill Avenue. You can find a full list of all Baltimore County National Night Out activities here.