National Night Out (NNO) was founded in 1984 as a fun way to encourage trust and camaraderie between law enforcement officers and community members. It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada, and this year will be NNO’s 35th year of existence.
Originally, the event began with neighbors simply turning on their porch lights and sitting outside their homes. This simple tradition eventually grew into the nationally enjoyed event where communities come together and encourage positive interaction between law enforcement and community members.
The first NNO involved 2.5 million residents across 400 communities in 23 states. In 2016, National Night Out involved 38 million residents in 16,000 communities across the United States. In 2017, NNO took place in every state across the country.
The event is celebrated differently across our nation but always focuses around law enforcement officers taking an opportunity to meet those they serve in the community.
In Burnett County, NNO is always a hit. Last year, over 1,200 people came out for the night of community fun. The officers from Burnett County served a free meal for everyone to enjoy.
At NNO, attendees not only get a free meal but they also get to enjoy various booths from businesses, fun giveaways, and games for the kids. The most popular kiddy attractions include a bouncy house and rock climbing wall.
So, are you and your family looking for a fun and free evening with family and friends? NNO is just around the corner on Tuesday, August 7th! This event will take place at Crooked Lake Park in Siren and at the Grantsburg Fire Hall in Grantsburg from 5:00-8:00pm.
We hope you will join other community members in coming out for this summer night of fun!
Submitted by: Vickie Bauer, Legal Advocate at Community Referral Agency
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