It's a chance to get outside, learn a few things, get to know your neighbors, socialize and meet some of the law enforcement officers who protect your neighborhood.
National Night Out has several purposes, but it was organized as a way for neighbors to promote police-community partnerships and show solidarity against crime.
This evening, on the event's 35th anniversary, millions of people across the United States will take part through block parties, festivals, parades, cook-outs and other events. The events themselves will feature everything from food to safety demonstrations to seminars.
Here in Jefferson City, events will take place in various parts of the city. The Jefferson City Police Department is sending officers to several community parties throughout the night to meet with residents.
If you have an opportunity to attend a National Night Out Event, we highly recommend it.
It's a worthwhile event that's made to be both fun and educational.
If nothing else, it's an excuse to get out and interact with some of your neighbors. (If that feels unnatural, just pretend like you're back in the 1950s.)
National Night Out actually started in 1984. It was started by Matt Peskin and came as an offshoot to his National Association of Town Watch. An estimated 2.5 million turned out for that first event.
If your neighborhood hasn't organized a National Night Out event this year, consider helping to organize one next year.
If you are interested in participating or forming a Neighborhood Watch Group contact officer Josh Hagemeyer or Sgt. Joe Matherne at 634-6347.