National Night Out celebrates 30 years tonight

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Aug 5, 2014 12:04 PM

A National Night Out event in Japan in 2012.

(Harrisburg) -- Street corners across the midstate will fill up tonight to celebrate National Night Out, as the event celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Neighbors and friends will gather at familiar places like Harrisburg's Camp Curtin Y.M.C.A. on North 6th Street, but also less traditional ones like Penn State York's Parking Lot D.

The family-friendly events include free food, tours of police cars and fire trucks, giveaways, and live music.

"Where we're saying, we are here in partnership with the local law enforcement really helps spread the message that yes, we are here to keep our community safe and this is a safe place where you can come and you can participate, and we're just so excited to have everybody see that at National Night Out," says Rosie Turner, spokesperson for the Harrisburg Area Y.M.C.A.

At the Camp Curtin Y.M.C.A. National Night Out, donated backpacks stuffed with pens, pencils and notebooks will be given out to those in need.

Turner says it's also important that people enjoy themselves at the event.

The National Night Out organization says more than 16,000 communities across the U.S. will hold events tonight.

An (admittedly) incomplete list of National Night Out events in the midstate: 

Cumberland County:

Adams Ricci Park, East Pennsboro 6 pm. to 9 p.m.

Newville Common Ground, Newville, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dauphin County:

George Park, Lower Paxton Township, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vanatta Park, Swatara Township, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Camp Curtin YMCA, 2135 North 6th Street, Harrisburg, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2nd and Muench Streets, Harrisburg, 6 p.m.

Broad Street Market, Harrisburg, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In York County:

Spring Garden - Penn State York Parking Lot D (Albemarle Street)

West York - Shelly Park (Highland Avenue and Filbert Street)

Salem Square Neighborhood Association - Lincoln Charter School Parking Lot

Crispus Attucks - 605 S. Duke St.

Doctor’s Row/Union Lutheran Church - Corner of Penn and West Market streets

Northeast Neighborhood - 301 E. Philadelphia St.

East Side Neighborhood - Albemarle Park

Homes at Thackston Park - 300 W. College Ave.

Logan Park, Carroll Township (Dillsburg) 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


436 W. Washington St., Chambersburg, Franklin County, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fire department grounds, Campbelltown, Lebanon County, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Recreation Park, Lewistown, Mifflin County, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Noye Park, Duncannon, Perry County, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Lampeter Fairgrounds, West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., includes fireworks.


Sources: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, West Lampeter Township Police Department, state Representative Kevin Schreiber's office

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