CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — It began on an August day in 1984, with one event, as a way to bring together law enforcement, community leaders, and residents – all in an effort to combat crime.
Now, National Night Out is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has ballooned into a yearly event held in cities and towns across all 50 states.
Monday night, residents of Chicopee started celebrating early as they gathered at Sara Jane Sherman Park for that city’s 19th such gathering, with music, food, face painting, and other events for the whole family.
Lt. John Pronovost, with the Chicopee Police Department told us, “A lot of people after coming here help their neighborhoods and so forth”
We also spoke with Chicopee National Night Out Chairperson, Jean Fitzgerald who adds, “Next year is the 20th. I envision this whole park filled for this event.”
The official National Night Out event will be held tomorrow evening, Tuesday August 6.
While Chicopee may be celebrating a little early, the event is set to end with a memorial flashlight parade, with the theme of “Turn On the Lights, Turn Off the Crime.”
Similar National Night Out events are planned for Tuesday in other area cities and towns including:
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Agawam High School
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – East Longmeadow High School
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Main Street, Three Rivers
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Marshall Roy Field, St. James Blvd (behind Pottenger School)
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Myrtle Street Park, Indian Orchard
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Mason Square Apartments, 837 State Street
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. – City View/Worthington Commons, 26 Federal Street
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Kenific Park, Plainfield Street
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Allen Park Apartments, 251 Allen Park Road
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Nathan Bill Park, Plumtree Road
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Seniority House, 307 Chestnut Street
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Partners for Community Action, 721 State Street