Neighborhoods throughout Aurora are planning events - large and small - to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4.
Known as "America's Night Out Against Crime," National Night Out encourages citizens to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights, and spend the evening getting to know their neighbors and demonstrate a united front against crime, drugs, and violence.
"National Night Out is a great opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to keeping Aurora a safe city in which to live, work, and raise a family," said Mayor Tom Weisner.
What started out on August 7, 1984 as an event that drew about 2.5 million people in 23 states, last year's National Night Out was celebrated by over 38 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
"A strong neighborhood is a safe neighborhood", said Aurora Chief of Police Greg Thomas. "Neighbors knowing neighbors builds strong bonds and sends the message to criminals that they are being watched and their behaviors will not be tolerated."
Everyone in Aurora can participate citywide by turning on their outside lights from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4.
Residents are also invited to participate in events being held throughout Aurora. Larger neighborhood events with family entertainment, free food and more include:
- Aurora Township Youth Center, 313 Gale St., 5p-7p
- Eastwood Community Center, 1644 Grove St., 5p-8p
- Forest Ridge, 1213 Second Ave., 5p-8p
- Garfield Park, 817 Forest Ave., 5p-8p
- GRENO @ Georgetown School, 995 Long Grove Dr., 6p-8p
- Hometown, 102 Town Center St., 6:30p - 8:30p
- Main Baptist Church, 814 E. Galena Blvd., 5p - 8p
- Northwest Territories, 842 Foran Ln., 5p-8p
- Southwind & Harbor Village, 402 Sherman Ave., 5p-8p
- TBOC @ Grand Blvd. Center, 1226 Grand Blvd., 5p-8p
- The Willows of Fox Valley, 193 N. Gregory Ave., 6p-9p
Additionally, residents have planned more intimate neighborhood events throughout the City. Residents in the area of the:
- 50-100 Block of Root Street will convene at 74 N. Root St., 6p-8p
- 100 block of Fourth Street will be hosted at 163 S. Fourth Street, 5:30p - 7:30p
- 300 block of Evans Ave. and the general Bardwell School area will meet at 343 Evans Ave., 5p-8p
- 700 block of Downer will be hosted at 726 Downer Place, 7p-9p
- West Park & Blackhawk neighborhood will convene at 426 West Park, 5p-8p
- Northeast part of town will congregate on porches throughout "the flower streets' of Daisy, Lily, and Violet Streets, 7p - 9p
Share your National Night Out photos by using the hashtags #AuroraNNO or #SummerInAurora on social media; or email photos to MyAurora@aurora-il.org. Please identify people in the photos and location where photos were taken.
For more information about National Night Out events in Aurora, please contact Cheryl Maraffio at 630.256.3400 or MyAurora@aurora-il.org.
Mayor Weisner dances with residents during National Night Out 2014 . . .