NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When it comes to celebrating National Night Out, New Providence pulls out all the stops.

National Night Out is an event that showcases the importance of emergency services and their relationship with the community. All across the United States communities came together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.

Police vehicles, ambulances, fire engines, a bounce house, dunk tank, balloons, council candidates from both parties, and more lined Academy Street Tuesday, Aug. 1. The street was crowded with families, as children checked out the driver's seat of a police SUV and a fire engine, and the back of an ambulance. At one booth, the children were able to write a Thank You note to police officers, firefighters or EMS workers - or one for each. There were lots of children busy writing there. Not far down the line of booths, police officers blew up balloons.

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The bounce house was a big hit, with a line to go in. Meanwhile, the dunk tank was very busy with youngsters lining up to be dunked and others lining up to dunk them. After being dunked three times, the dunkee would leave the tank and go to the back of the line, not to dunk his buddies, but to once again be the target and end up in the water.

Zita's served up ice cream and the Lions served free hot dogs donated from Prestige Diner. Both groups ran out of their offerings. And there were free drawings for a Playstation 4 and Skin Deep gift card. 

At 7 p.m. The Elefante Family Band began the final Summer Concert put on by the New Providence Business Community as part of the Family Fun Night series that also featured face painting and a magician. While the music played, adults and kids danced, a few sang along with songs, while others tapped their feet. 

As always the Concert Sponsors included: Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, Lantern Hill, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, The Prestige Diner, Elefante Music, Lions Club International, the Downtown Improvement District, and Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream.

The National Night Out was supported by the NP Lions, JCP&L and the New Providence Municipal Alliance.