For the past 26 years, municipalities in the U.S. And Canada have celebrated National Night Out. Yesterday, Alexandria joined thousands of other towns and cities to support public safety personnel and programs.
Over the years, the number of neighborhood celebrations in the City has declined. Civic and homeowners’ associations have joined together to create bigger parties and bring more diverse communities together. Last night, there were firefighters and police officers grilling burgers and hotdogs and politicians dipping ice cream. Children had water balloon battles and took turns on the Moon Bounce.
Acting Police Chief Earl Cook made the rounds with City Manager Jim Hartmann. alexandrianews.org caught up with them as they left the Clover-College Park celebration. That particular event was on everyone’s list because they served Rocklands.
While National Night Out began as a neighborhood crime-fighting effort, it has evolved into a way to bring communities together for summer block parties. This year’s Alexandria celebrations were successful in doing that.