Celebrate National Night Out on August 7


Tuesday, August 7 is National Night Out! There will be plenty of fun to go around as both the 100th and 101st Precinct will be holding their own events that aim to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer.

For 35 years, National Night Out events, formerly known as National Night Out Against Crime, have taken place across the country. On Tuesday, both of Rockaway’s local precincts will be participating in evenings full of games, activities, resources and more.

For the 100th Precinct’s National Night Out event, head to the Beach 94th Street parking lot between Rockaway Beach Blvd. and Shore Front Parkway from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This fun family night will include an inflatable obstacle course and other bouncy rides donated by Call-A-Head, a DJ, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, ices from Uncle Louie G of Rockaway Beach, face painting, balloon animals, a photo booth, free food, dance performances by Millennium and JUMP Dance, Zumba with Lisa G, plus resource tables from the New York State Police, Catholic Charities, St. Camillus, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and more.

Before the fun starts, the night will kick off with the singing of the National Anthem, followed by a ceremony to honor and name the fallen police officers across the country. “We honor everyone across the country because this is National Night Out,” 100th Precinct Community Council President Joe Young said.

Young says last year’s turnout was good, but is hoping for even more locals to come out and celebrate this great event. “National Night Out is a time to take your neighborhood back. It’s a night for more people to get out and on the streets instead of letting criminals roam the streets,” Young said.

The 101st Precinct will also be hosting a National Night Out event on Tuesday. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., head down to Beach 17th Street and the boardwalk for a night of food, DJ music, and plenty of fun stuff from Lulu’s Party Rentals, sponsored by Queens Law Associates, including a bounce house, face painting, snow cones, a character performance and more. There may also be a basketball contest, so brush up on your skills on the court. This event will also include plenty of resource and information tables presented by the Mayor's office of Immigrant Affairs, NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, Zumba Fitness , NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Sanitation, NYC Department of Finance, Queens Law Associates, Applebee's, Queens Library, New York City Councilman Donovan Richards, The Child Center of New York and others.

No matter where you go, head out for Night Out and celebrate with your neighbors and local police precincts.

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