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With a stage decorated in an arch of patriotic red,  white and blue balloons, National Night Out in the City San Fernando had residents side by side with local police in a casual setting that encouraged conversation. Free hot dogs were handed out to residents who visited information booths  set up in the police department’s parking lot.  A country radio station participated in the San Fernando event.  This year marked 33 years for the outdoor event which is held in cities across the country.

The event encourages people to hold small public gatherings in a take-back-the-streets show of community pride.

Over the years, the event has grown to include block parties, parades, movie screenings and picnics.

During the event, residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their front house lights and join with neighbors, law enforcement and Neighborhood Watch leaders at local neighborhood events. Activities vary by event but generally include free food, police and fire displays, live entertainment and a chance to interact with city officials.

Started in 1984, “America’s night out against crime.” is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored by local municipalities and law enforcement agencies nationwide.