It began in the mid 70s as a coming together between the community and police in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1981, National Association of Town Watch was founded and 3 years later, the NATW introduced National Night Out in August of 1984.
Tonight, communities all across the Lowcountry are coming together with their local police departments - here's some of the celebrations that you can be a part of:
Join the North Charleston PD for food, fun, music and more at the Felix C. Davis Community Center at Park Circle from 6P - 8P. Get information here.
CITY OF CHARLESTON:
There will be a cookout, jump houses, food, plus a school supplies giveaway at three different locations
- 1810 Doscher Avenue at the Freddie Whaley Community Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- 536 Ivy Circle from 6 to 7
- The Seven Farms Apartment Complex, 305 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island from 6 to 8
CITY OF HANAHAN:
The city's second ever event will feature face-painting, jump castles and even an opportunity for you to drop the chief of police in a dunk tank. The celebration is on Campbell Street next to City Hall from 5 until 8 and complete information is here.
TOWN OF MOUNT PLEASANT:
Games, police displays, food, a dunk tank and raffles will be a part of the celebration in the Park West Recreation Center from 6 until 8 this evening.
McGruff the Crime Dog will join the Chief of Police and the Goose Creek officers at the Municipal Center for light refreshments, tours, gift bags for the kids and free light bulbs from 5 until 7. Complete details are available here.
ISLE OF PALMS:
Join the IOP PD at the Recreation Center for hot dogs, kids games and a night of family fun from 5 until 7. All the info you need is here.
CHARLESTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
Their celebration takes place at the James Island Town Hall from 6 until 8.
BERKELEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
Free backpacks and school supplies, food, drinks, a jump castle and face painting will be part of tonight's celebration at the Jamestown Recreational Park from 6 until 8.