LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — What began in 1984 as people leaving their porch lights on as way to join together to stand against crime has now evolved into events ranging from rallies and neighborhood cookouts to youth events and law enforcement demonstrations.
According to the National Night Out website, there are events in 16,000 communities nationwide, involving an estimated 38 million people. Here’s a list of events going on in our area:
District of Columbia
The Metropolitan Police Department encourages the public to come out and join neighbors and friends for the 31st annual National Night Out. H.D. Woodson High School (540 55th Street, NE) will host this year’s kick off, where you can meet the men and women of the public safety agencies that work hard to make D.C. neighborhoods safe. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.
In addition to the numerous activities at the kickoff event, communities across DC – in all seven police districts – scheduled National Night Out events during the late afternoon and evening hours.
Anne Arundel County
Annapolis Walk Community Park — 1701 Belle Drive, Annapolis — 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lula G. Scott Community Center — 6243 Shady Side Road, Shady Side — 6 to 9 p.m.
Lloyd Keaser Community Center — 5757 Belle Grove Road, Brooklyn — 6 to 8 p.m.
Crofton Library Parking Lot –1681 Riedel Road, Crofton — 5 to 8 p.m.
Fort George G. Meade — McGlachlin Parade Field — 6 to 9 p.m.
Villages at Dorchester Community Center –7551 Dorchester Boulevard, Hanover — 4 to 9 p.m.
14th District City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, the Waverly Improvement Association, the Better Waverly Community Organization, and the Greater Homewood Community Corporation will host a National Night Out observance at the corner of Gorsuch and Ellerslie Avenues at 6 p.m. It will be dedicated to the memory of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott, who was killed by a stray bullet while playing on a porch in the 3600 block of York Road August 1.
For more National Night Out observances in Baltimore, visit CharlesVillage.org.
For a full list of National Night Out observances in Baltimore County, visit the Baltimore County Police Department’s website.
Joining the national crime prevention effort, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will once again participate with the Freedom Area Citizens Council and the Town of New Windsor in “National Night Out Against Crime.” Activities will begin at 6 p.m. on the Carnival Grounds at the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department in Eldersburg and at 6:30 p.m. on the New Windsor Fire Company’s Carnival Grounds.
For a full list of National Night Out observances in Charles County, visit the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting National Night Out event on two evenings this year: Tuesday, August 5, at the Giant parking lot in Urbana (6 to 8 p.m.) and Thursday, August 7, at Ballenger Creek Park (6 to 8 p.m.). There will be food, prizes and fun for everyone.
Harper’s Choice Village Center — 6 p.m.
North Laurel Community Center — 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Montgomery County Police Department’s website has a full list of National Night Out observances in that area.
Prince George’s County
The Prince George’s County Police Department’s blog has a full list of National Night Out observances in that area.
The Alexandria website has a full list of National Night Out observances in that area.
The Arlington County website has a full list of National Night Out observances in that area.
The Fairfax County website has a full list of National Night Out observances in that area.
(TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)