LIVINGSTON, NJ — Beginning in 2009, the first Tuesday of August has meant one thing: the Livingston Police Department’s annual National Night Out celebration. Each year, thousands of adults, children, family members and friends join members of local, county and state law enforcement agencies at the Memorial Oval to get to know more about one another.

This year, due to continuing restrictions statewide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Livingston’s 2020 National Night Out celebration event has officially been canceled.

“We’re proud that Livingston’s National Night Out has become one of the town’s largest and most anticipated annual events,” said Police Chief Gary Marshuetz, noting that the event has grown and changed over the years. “We enjoy getting to know our residents better, and we’re grateful to our local businesses for their generous participation in the past. Donations have allowed us to provide free food and drinks for attendees, in addition to the giveaway items, music, games, presentations and hands-on displays presented by participating agencies.”

National Night Out is an annual nationwide event with a goal of strengthening neighborhoods through police-community partnerships. Residents get to know their local police officers and find out about local anti-crime programs and drug abuse prevention awareness.