ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK NJ - National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of  Town Watch and now in its 33 year, is a campaign through which millions of people across the country gather for outdoor activities on the first Tuesday of each August. An estimated 38 million people in approximately 16,000 towns in all 50 states and Puerto Rico took part in National Night Out last year, including residents of nearly 200 municipalities in New Jersey, according to the National Association of Town Watch. 

Locally in Roselle, festivities will take place starting 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 at West 2nd. Avenue and Pine Street. Free refreshments, entertainment, and prizes will be available.  For more information, contact the Roselle Police at 908-245-2000.

In Roselle Park, the town will hold its 16th annual National Night Out and free town-wide picnic that will take place from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. also on Tuesday, August 2 at the Casano Community Center, 314 Chestnut Street. There will be live music, free refreshments, and giveaways.

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“Over the past several years in Roselle Park, the public’s interest in National Night Out has grown in large numbers, which I find to be a very encouraging sign of public support. This is also a clear indication that the residents of Roselle Park enjoy the opportunity to interact with the police officers who serve their community and get to know them on a personal level,” Borough Police Chief Paul W. Morrison said. “I am very thankful to the many residents of Roselle Park who have shown such great support of our police department during these trying times for law enforcement across our country.”

The Union County Police Department, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in National Night Out festivities as part of continuing efforts to strengthen ties between local law enforcement and the communities they serve, and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Union County Police Chiefs Association are together encouraging members of the public to attend and participate as well. 

“National Night Out couldn’t come at a better time this year,” acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said. “It’s more important than ever that law enforcement seeks to strengthen existing relationships with the public, and this campaign provides a perfect opportunity.”

“Typical, everyday interactions between the police and the public can be stressful for both parties – consider a traffic stop, for example,” Park added. “But on this night, residents can chat with members of law enforcement over hot dogs, watch a movie or listen to live music together .” 

“Members of the Sheriff’s Office will be taking part in National Night Out events in a number of communities across Union County next Tuesday, because we view this campaign as an invaluable opportunity to build bridges,” Union County Sheriff Joseph P. Cryan said. “Our first duty as members of law enforcement is to protect and serve, but I firmly believe that a close second is getting to know the people we’re protecting and serving.”

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders National Night Out festivities will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, at Meisel Park on Meisel Avenue in Springfield.

Sponsored by the help of Investors Bank, the event will begin with free activities including inflatable rides, games, and live music, with County emergency vehicles and equipment staged on site for children and their families to explore up close. Members of the Union County Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand to offer parents an opportunity to have their children’s fingerprints taken, and the Union County Police Department will have specialized equipment and representatives from its Bomb Squad along with other vehicles and personnel on site as well. The Union County Prosecutor’s Office executive staff members, assistant prosecutors, and detectives will also be present.  

Free hot dogs and popcorn supplied by Performance Food Group will be available, and TG & Sons Ice Cream and Snacks will also have refreshments available for sale. At 8 p.m., as part of Union County’s regular Family Fun and Flix series, there will be a free public screening of the critically acclaimed animated film “Zootopia.” 

“National Night Out gets families together to enjoy the outdoors and fresh air while getting to know their local police officers and first responders,” Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen said. “It’s one of the highlights of our summer schedule of free outdoor activities in County parks, and I thank Investors Bank for helping to bring this event to the Union County community.”