SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood and Scotch Plains will each participate in National Night Out, which takes place annually on the first Tuesday of August.
National Night Out activities take place at LaGrande Park in Fanwood from 7 p.m. until dusk. Games, food, face-painting, raffles, a bounce house and Dunk-a-Cop will be part of the activities. The event is free to the public and will conclude with the recreation department's outdoor screening of the movie Cinderella (2015).
The Scotch Plains Police Department, Rescue Squad, Fire Department and Union County SWAT Team will host National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Alan Augustine Village Green next to the Municipal Building. Community members are invited to participate in police demonstrations, fingerprinting, inflatable slides & castles, balloon animals, and food with the town's first responders. The Broadcasters will provide live music on the summer stage.
National Night Out was established in 1984 with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. It was developed as a crime prevention program that emphasizes building a partnership between the police and the community through a multitude of local events. These include block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities, and seminars. National Night Out participation has increased from 2.5 million people in 400 communities in year one to more than 32 million people in 9,530 communities.