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National Night Out set for next week to help foster community, build relationships

A past National Night Out

Harrisburg residents and law enforcement officials soon will have the chance to talk, play games and enjoy a night out together.

On Aug. 3, the Harrisburg Police Bureau will celebrate National Night Out at the Camp Curtin School Athletic Field to help connect neighbors and further relationships with the community.

“It’s all about getting together and connecting in a relaxed environment,” said Blake Lynch, director of community relations and engagement for the bureau. “This is something that’s always been needed.”

National Night Out has been taking place for some 50 years, often with small gatherings in neighborhoods. It’s the third time that the Harrisburg police have sponsored a large, centralized celebration, which will be joined by several community groups. The event was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

This year’s celebration, free to the public, will feature a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. sponsored by FNB Bank. There will also be a concert by The Singer’s Lounge, music by DJ Godfather and a performance by Harrisburg High School cheerleaders. The Pennsylvania State Police helicopter will land onsite, as well.

In addition to law enforcement officials, first responders and over 50 community organizations will be in attendance.

Free food, Rita’s Italian Ice and Farm Show milkshakes will be provided. There will also be kids’ activities such as games and inflatables.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to see the city come together after such a tough year with COVID,” Lynch said.

National Night Out will be held on Aug. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Camp Curtin School Athletic Field located at 2900 N. 6th St., Harrisburg. For more information, visit the Harrisburg Police Bureau’s website.

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