WESTFIELD, NJ — A brief, drenching rain early in the evening didn’t wash out National Night Out in Westfield Tuesday night, though jazz night was scaled back at the last minute to just one band on Elm Street.

As the sun came back out, so did the families, who mingled and took photos with police, firefighters, EMTs and public works employees. Police gave away free hot dogs, sodas and bottles of water. Kids climbed into trucks and got a close-up look at equipment. There were parking division tutorials and demonstrations, Explorer recruitment for people ages 14-20, bicycle registration, alarm registration and kids fingerprinting.

“I’m glad the rain didn’t drive anyone away,” Acting Police Chief Chris Battiloro said.

The National Night Out campaign, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is part of continuing efforts to strengthen ties between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out each year across thousands of communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.