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Naperville plans National Night Out with community events on July 31 and Aug. 1


Above / Celebrate National Night Out with community events on July 31 and Aug. 1. Enjoy games, giveaways, an outdoor movie and more at the free community kick-off event beginning at 6PM Mon., July 31.

Naperville’s National Night Out festivities are fast approaching, and residents are encouraged to mark their calendars and make plans to attend the local events scheduled for this celebration of community spirit and anti-crime efforts.

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.

In addition to gatherings in more than 45 neighborhoods throughout the community on Tuesday, Aug. 1, Naperville’s National Night Out festivities will include a free community kick-off celebration at the Fry Family YMCA, 2120 95th St., Naperville, on Monday, July 31.

Community Kick-Off Celebration – Monday, July 31

UPDATE: Sunset is 8:12PM Mon., July 31. The big screen is set for the outdoor movie. Everybody’s welcome. (PN Photo by Jim Penick)

Naperville’s popular National Night Out kick-off celebration at the Fry Family YMCA will feature games, giveaways, and activities for all ages, including a bounce house, a magic act, and an opportunity to interact with police personnel and equipment. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks.

The event will begin at 6PM and will culminate with a free outdoor showing of Disney Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” at sunset. Free popcorn will be available while supplies last, and residents are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for the movie.

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Naperville, Fry Family YMCA, and the Target on Jefferson Avenue in Naperville.

Fry Family YMCA is located at 2120 95th Street.

UPDATE! All set, you bet! Celebrate NNO 40, National Night Out 2023. (PN Photo)

National Night Out Neighborhood Events – Tuesday, Aug. 1

UPDATE! Chalk drawing for National Night Out 2023 in the works! (PN Photo)

More than 45 neighborhoods have registered to host National Night Out events on Aug. 1 with plans to enjoy bounce houses, ice cream socials, live music, food trucks, cookouts, kids’ parades and more!

UPDATE!  Ready to depart May Watts Elementary School, Mayor Scott Wehrli and NPD Chief Jason Arres were on their way to visit as many 2023 National Night Out events as time permits. Thanks to all first responders! (PN Photos)

City employees from the police, fire, public works, and utility departments will attend many of the neighborhood events between 5 and 8PM with cool trucks and equipment to show off, giveaways, and information for families.

UPDATE! 2023 National Night Out at May Watts Elementary. (PN Photo)

A list of participating neighborhoods is available at www.naperville.il.us/nno.

Donation Drive for Loaves & Fishes

The City of Naperville has partnered with Loaves & Fishes for this year’s National Night Out donation drive. Donations will be accepted at the kick-off event, and neighborhoods are encouraged to conduct a donation drive for this worthy cause in conjunction with their National Night Out events. A list of items currently needed most by Loaves & Fishes clients is available at www.naperville.il.us/nno.

For more information on National Night Out or any of the activities mentioned in this release, visit www.naperville.il.us/nno.

Memories of National Night Out 2015 and community generosity

Naperville National Night Out also serves the community as an awareness-raising event for local nonprofits. Back in 2015, the beneficiary was 360 Youth Services. This community is blessed with many charitable organizations serving local unmet needs that make a difference. All nonperishable donations in 2023 will benefit Loaves & Fishes Community Services. (PN File Photo)

Remember! Same time next summer. First Tuesday in August.


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