The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that an evening of free, family-friendly activities is on tap in celebration of National Night Out starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Meisel Park on Meisel Avenue in Springfield. The event is free and open to all Union County residents and visitors.

“National Night Out is a great chance to enjoy an evening in the fresh air with family, friends, and neighbors, while becoming more familiar with the public resources and programs that help keep us safe and secure,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “I encourage everyone to come out and join in the festivities.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Night Out, which was established in 1984 as a community partnership aimed at preventing crime and drug abuse.

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Among the many free activities for children and families are free inflatable activity rides, magic, balloon art, bubble mania, bingo, crafts, and music, along with free hotdogs.

Union County’s Bomb Squad, SWAT team, and K-9 Unit will stage live demonstrations, and there will be a hands-on exhibit of two dozen police and emergency vehicles.

The evening will be capped by a free outdoor movie as part of Union County’s summer Family Flix series, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, beginning at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m). Free popcorn will provided to moviegoers.

“The Freeholder Board would also like to thank our sponsors for this event, who have pitched in to make it a truly memorable one,” said Carter.

For the Union County National Night Out event this year, Target is providing free hotdogs and condiments along with a donation of charcoal for the grill, Shoprite of Clark is providing trays of cookies, AAA and Union Center National Bank have donated bike safety lights and helmets to raffle, and JMK BMW has donated two children’s bicycles to raffle.

Union County’s free Family Flix series continues after National Night out on August 13 with a screening of Madagascar 3 at Conant Park in Hillside, and the free Summer Arts outdoor concert series continues through Aug. 14, 21, and 28 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.

For information on all Union County recreation programs and events, call the Department of Parks and Community Renewal, (908) 527-4900 or visit online at ucnj.org/parks. 

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