National Night Out, a registered trademark of the National Association of Town Watch, has been celebrated across the country on the first Tuesday in August since the early 1980s. It’s now a community effort in more than 16,000 cities, in all 50 states.
City officials, police, and fire personnel will be visiting neighborhoods in the city from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Residents are encouraged to turn on porch lights, go outside, and join their neighbors in activities to show criminals that citizens are organized and aware. Batman and Ronald McDonald will also be making appearances.
Wentzville VFW Post 5327
Wentzville VFW Post 5327, located at 1414 Highway Z, will be hosting a National Night Out event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and learn more about crime and drug prevention and community service organizations, and to get better acquainted with area first responders. Mrs. Missouri, Heather Kemper-Hussey, will be in attendance, and there will be face painting and other activities for the kids.
Residents will have a chance to see fire and rescue equipment, a police helicopter, and a police K-9 up close. Food and beverages will be available.
The O’Fallon Police Department will be participating in National Night Out events in the following O’Fallon neighborhoods on Tuesday, August 2:
- Amber Meadows – Hawthorn Court, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Homefield – Park on Homefield Blvd., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Hyland Green – Pool lot on Koch Rd., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Royal Springs – Royallvalley Way near pond, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Winter Haven – Winter Forest Court cul-de-sac, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Officers from Patrol, Community Services, K9, SWAT and Traffic will be present with giveaways for the kids.
Winghaven will be celebrating National Night Out on Saturday, August 13 at the Boardwalk Park and Garden. The event starts at 6 p.m., and features a free concert, food trucks, children’s activities, and a pet parade.