Night Out to meet neighbors, strengthen communities

- It will be a night out for neighbors in our area and across the nation.

That's because it is National Night Out, also known as Night to Unite.

It happens every year on the first Tuesday in August.

Neighborhoods organize block parties as a way to meet each other, and strengthen their communities.

Police officers also make appearances at the block parties to strengthen relationships with the people they serve and protect.

Here is some of what will be going in our area:

Activities at South Philadelphia's Snyder Plaza will be held from 5 to 8. Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to arrive at the Night Out event on S. 4th Street at 5:20.

In Montgomery County, Horsham police will be giving out free hot dogs and ice cream. There will be a car show and fireworks, too. It's at the municipal complex from 6 to 9.

In New Jersey, Hamilton police will host their 34th National Night Out at police headquarters. There will be bounce houses, a petting-zoo and pony rides. It starts at 5 p.m.

In Luzerne County, police in Plymouth Township will hold National Night Out at the Target in the Metroplex on Chemical Road. It starts at 6 p.m.

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