Communities across South Jersey planned to come together the evening of Aug. 4 for National Night Out, an annual event intended to foster a closer relationship between local police departments, first responders and community leaders and the people they serve.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many departments to cancel or postpone their events.
Take a look back at National Night Out events around South Jersey from previous years.
National Night Out, held annually the first Tuesday in August, has grown since 1984, when it drew 2.5 million people across 400 communities in 23 states, according to the national campaign’s website. Currently, 38 million people in 16,000 communities across the nation take part in the event.