Above / From Public Safety Day in the fall (Sept. 29, 2018) to National Night Out on the first Tuesday in August, kids love learning about public safety from the professionals! (PN File Photo)

Update, July 30, 2018 / Commonly called “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” National Night Out is held annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is a nationwide event designed to heighten drug prevention and crime awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships. 

Kick-Off Celebration at Centennial Beach – 5 to 8PM Mon., Aug. 6

National Night Out kick-off celebration at Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave., will feature swimming, games, giveaways and entertainment. A limited amount of free food and beverages will be available, as well. This event is co-sponsored by the Naperville Park District. A donated pet item to benefit A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter and the Naperville Area Humane Society will get you in for free! Standard pool entrance rates apply without a donation. 

Neighborhood Events – 6 to 9PM Tues., Aug. 7

Nearly 50 neighborhoods have registered to host National Night Out events with plans to enjoy bounce houses, ice cream socials, live music, cookouts, kids’ parades and more! City employees from the police, fire, public works and utility departments will attend many of the neighborhood events with cool trucks, giveaways and information for families.

The City of Naperville has partnered with Naperville Area Humane Society and A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter for this year’s National Night Out donation drive.

Gift items most needed for local animal shelters

Items most needed are 55-gallon trash bags; postage stamps, paper towels; clay and clumping cat litter; premium dry or canned dog, puppy, cat and kitten food; Kitten Milk Replacement, powder or liquid; rawhides made in the U.S.A.; soft dog treats; as well as gift cards to office supply stores and pet stores. 

Boxes for donations will be available.


Keeping our community safe is everybody’s responsibility. That’s why it’s good to memorize the CrimeStoppers’ phone number… (630) 420-6006. Also, ask about Paws on Patrol, a Dog Walker Watch program to be unleashed soon. Be safe!

ICYMI / Original Post, June, 14, 2018 / NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Neighborhoods throughout Naperville are invited to join communities nationwide and participate in National Night Out from 6 to 9PM on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Online registration is now available by visiting www.naperville.il.us/nno.

Commonly called “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” National Night Out is a nationwide event designed to heighten drug prevention and crime awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships. In 2017, nearly 50 Naperville neighborhoods participated by hosting block parties, potlucks, parades, ice cream socials and more!

Neighborhoods are asked to register their 2018 National Night Out events with the City of Naperville by July 16. Registration is free and will allow members of the Naperville Police, Fire, Public Works, Animal Control, Electric and Water Utility departments, and Park District Police to visit many of the registered events!

Visit www.naperville.il.us/nno to access an online registration form or to find additional information about National Night Out activities, which includes a free community kick-off event at Centennial Beach on Monday, August 6.

On the night of the neighborhood events, residents throughout Naperville and across the nation are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and other city personnel. Events such as cookouts, block parties and neighborhood walks will all occur simultaneously throughout Naperville and nationwide.

National Night Out focuses on public safety, crime prevention

“National Night Out is one of my favorite nights of the year, since it really highlights both the partnership our community has with the police department and our commitment as a community to crime prevention and awareness,” said Mayor Steve Chirico. “I always say that Naperville is a large city with a small-town feel, and the participation we see from residents and neighborhoods on National Night Out is proof of that.”

Donation Drive

The City of Naperville has partnered with Naperville Area Humane Society and A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter for this year’s National Night Out donation drive. Neighborhoods are encouraged to conduct a donation drive for these worthy causes in conjunction with their National Night Out events. A donation box will be provided. A printable flyer containing more information about our partner organizations and a list of requested items is available at www.naperville.il.us/nno.

Paws on Patrol

Each year, the City of Naperville selects an issue impacting our community to be highlighted on National Night Out with continued focus throughout the year. This year we are introducing the Dog Walker Watch program “Paws on Patrol.” Paws on Patrol encourages residents out in their neighborhoods to act as extra eyes and ears while out walking their dogs. The program enhances the partnership between police and community while providing resources for neighbors to be more aware and how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity.

For more information on National Night Out, visit www.naperville.il.us/nno.

Story submitted by Kelley Munch, Communications Specialist, for the City of Naperville.