Celebrate National Night Out in Naperville

Residents invited to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime” at any of Naperville’s free, fun community events

Residents are invited to unite with their neighbors and their community in the fight against crime at any of Naperville’s National Night Out events scheduled on three separate nights this summer.

Commonly called “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” National Night Out is held annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is a nationwide event designed to heighten drug prevention and crime awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.

In addition to gatherings in more than 30 neighborhoods throughout the community on August 1, Naperville’s roster of public events celebrating National Night Out includes a kick-off celebration at Centennial Beach on July 31 and an Emergency Vehicle Show in downtown Naperville on August 6.

Kick-Off Celebration at Centennial Beach – 5 to 8 p.m. – Monday, July 31

Back by popular demand, the National Night Out kick-off celebration at Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave., will feature swimming, a Naperville Fire Department Water Rescue Team demonstration, a balloon artist, sandcastle building competition for the children, and various give-a-ways and resource information. There will be limited food and beverages available, as well. This event is co-sponsored by the Naperville Park District and will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. A donated breakfast food item benefiting Loaves & Fishes Community Services will get you in for free! Standard pool entrance rates apply without a food donation.

Neighborhood Events – 6 to 9 p.m. – Tuesday, August 1

At the time of this release, 34 neighborhoods have registered to host National Night Out events between 6 and 9 p.m. on August 1 with plans to enjoy bounce houses, ice cream socials, live music, cookouts, kids’ parades and more! Neighborhood registration is free and gives city representatives (Naperville Police, Fire, Public Works, Animal Control, Electric and Water Utility departments and the Naperville Park District) an opportunity to attend local events with trucks, equipment and information as time and circumstances permit. Neighborhoods interested in participating can still register online by visiting www.naperville.il.us/nno through Friday, July 15.

Emergency Vehicle Show & Kids’ Cycle Mania – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Sunday, August 6

The City of Naperville is excited to partner once again with the Downtown Naperville Alliance to bring more than 50 emergency vehicles, including new and vintage police cars and fire engines, S.W.A.T. tactical units and modern emergency equipment to downtown Naperville on August 6. This free family friendly event will be held on Jackson Avenue between Eagle and Main Streets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New this year to the vehicle show is Kids Cycle Mania. This interactive bike course is centered around bike safety. There will be a small bike rodeo course, helmet fittings, bike safety information, local bike resources and giveaways! Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes to go through the bike rodeo.

Click here for more information on National Night Out and all of the above-mentioned events

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About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.