SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Like many summertime stapes in the borough, the Spotswood Police Department's annual National Night Out festivities will not be held on Tuesday, August 4. Normally, the community-wide, family-friendly National Night Out event is held on the first Tuesday in August. However, due to coronavirus concerns, most National Night Out activities have been canceled or postponed.

National Night Out began in 1984 as a way to strengthen the bonds between the community and the police in their unified fight against crime. The fun, all-inclusive event also works to improve the relations between officers and the residents living in the towns they serve. The Spotswood Police Department is one of more than 9,000 across the nation that mark the day with community-wide events and activities on the first Tuesday in August. This year the coronavirus pandemic has canceled most if not all outdoor events drawing large crowds.

The National Night Out organization is encouraging police departments across the nation to hold their National Night Out festivities on October 6 instead. Texas holds its National Night Out festivities on the first Tuesday in October.

Normally, the event features food, music, giveaways, boardwalk style games, a water slide, bounce house and dunk tank. Last year's National Night Out festivities in the borough were also called off. The threat of severe downpours and thunderstorms forced the cancellation of the 2019 National Night Out.