Neighborhoods throughout Matthews and Mint Hill are invited to join thousands of communities nationwide Aug. 7 for the 35th annual National Night Out.
The event encourages neighborhoods to gather as a community and get to know one another, along with police officers. The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police partnerships, while also sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and committed to safety.
The Town of Matthews will hold its National Night Out event 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 at the town green in front of town hall, 232 Matthews Station St. Police and fire departments will be there, along with representatives from the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office and home security companies. Other attractions include a bounce house and food specials.
The Mint Hill event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, 8850 Fairview Road. In addition to meeting law enforcement, attractions include a bicycle safety course, K-9 demonstration and snow cones.
The City of Charlotte is holding National Night Out in conjunction with its 250th anniversary. Neighborhoods throughout the city will mark the occasion with block parties, cookouts and other gatherings. The city encourages people to leave their porch lights on from 7 to 10 p.m. to demonstrate alertness.