Communities across southwest, central Virginia gear up for National Night Out

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(WFXR) — Across the Commonwealth and across the country, public safety agencies are preparing for National Night Out, a night meant to build relationships between law enforcement officers, first responders, and community members.

Amherst County

The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12. Not only will this be a fun, family event, but there will be live entertainment from BoCo and school supplies available for kids on a first come, first serve basis.

Appomattox County

The Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office plans to celebrate National Night Out from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at the “Kiddie Park” — Appomattox Town Park — along Hunter Street. Not only will there be plenty of goodies for the kids, but there will also be free hotdogs and drinks.

Bedford County

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Bedford Police Department will throw an in-person National Night Out celebration on Washington Street in the Overstreet Cities Service parking lot.

“What is National Night Out you might ask. It’s a celebration! It’s an annual event that police and the community joins hands against crime,” the Bedford Police Department wrote on Facebook. “It promotes partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. It’s free. There will be other other agencies there with their tents up giving out information on their services.”

The department plans to serve up hot dogs, popcorn, and BBQ, as well as offer some giveaways, so community members are invited to turn on their porch light and come out to join in the fun.

However, some streets may be closed off in Bedford, so you may need to find an alternate route through town.

Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockbridge County

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, deputies, police officers, firefighters, and rescue crews from across Rockbridge County will gather on Camden Field in Buena Vista to celebrate National Night Out with plenty of fun activities for the entire family.

This event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and feature booths; demonstrations from the sheriff’s offices, police, fire, and rescue departments; coronavirus vaccines; food and refreshments; and live music by Jason Hostetter.

Not only is the event free, but it will include members of the Lexington Police Department, the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office, the Buena Vista Police Department, the Buena Vista Sheriff’s Office, the Glasgow Police Department, Virginia State Police, Virginia Military Institute Police, and the Rockbridge Regional Jail.

“Help us build a stronger, safer community by attending the Annual National Night Out,” stated the flyer shared by the Buena Vista Police Department. “A good night to get to know your neighbors, learn about crime prevention, and build a better community.”

Campbell County

Residents in Altavista are invited to celebrate National Night Out with the Altavista Police Department, the community, and The Embers in English Park starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3. There will also be free food and water while supplies last.

Carroll County

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsville Police Department are inviting community members to spend an evening with their local law enforcement officers, first responders, and community partners for National Night Out.

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, Courthouse Square at the corner of Court Street and Pine Street in Hillsville will have plenty of food, mascots, giveaways, resources, a DJ, Joy the Clown, and a bouncy house.


The Covington Police Department is almost ready for the city’s first annual National Night Out, which will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Main Street City Park.

“This is an opportunity for residents of the City of Covington to meet their Police Officers and other City employees while enjoying free food and drinks,” the City of Covington wrote on Facebook. “There will also be children’s activities for the kids to enjoy such as a jump-house, dunk tank, Icee’s, prizes, and much more. All-City First Responders will have vehicles displayed and everyone will have the opportunity to dunk their favorite Police Officer.”

The police department plans to give away bikes for kids, make Child ID Kits, and enjoy the free music and games alongside community members during the event.

In addition, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts will provide free vaccines at the park during National Night Out. While walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration can help speed up the check-in process.


The Danville Police Department is gearing up for National Night Out, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at the Third Avenue precinct.

Franklin County

After last year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is bringing National Night Out to the Westlake Cinema Parking lot from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, complete with fun for the whole family.

The sheriff’s office will join Franklin County Public Safety, other law enforcement agencies, and other organizations to offer demonstrations, equipment interactions, martial arts showcases.

There will also be free hot dogs and water — while supplies last — and Buddy’s BBQ available.

Meanwhile, the Rocky Mount Police Department will also host a National Night Out event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, this one at the Emergency Services Building on North Main Street. You can meet local law enforcement officers and firefighters, check out the equipment, and enjoy the free hot dogs and water while supplies last.


In Galax, National Night Out will be a downtown block party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3. There will be hot dogs, games, prizes, and more, all for free!

Giles County

The Pearisburg Police Department has a full evening of fun planned for the whole family in honor of National Night Out. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, the department will provide free food, games, prizes, entertainment, and more.

You can read the full schedule for the event below:

  • 5 to 7:30 p.m. — Kids can pick up a list for the scavenger hunt from the police tent, but they need to return their forms by 7:30 p.m.
  • 6:45 p.m. — Line up on the cafeteria steps for the Children’s Parade
  • 7 p.m. — The Children’s Parade begins, but motorized ride-on’s are not allowed
  • 7:15 p.m. — Donut eating contest

Henry County

The Stone Memorial Christian Church in Collinsville plans to throw a National Night Out event for the community as a way to support local law enforcement and first responders. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, the church will provide food, music, and games at 3030 Virginia Avenue in Collinsville.

According to a Facebook post shared by the Fieldale-Collinsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc., the Aircare Service helicopter will land and take off in the church’s front parking area, Virginia State Police will do a K9 bite suit demonstration, and members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Collinsville Fire and Rescue will show off their vehicles to kids.


The Martinsville Police Department will celebrate the 38th annual National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at the Uptown Martinsville Farmers Market along W Main Street.

“This is a great opportunity for law enforcement officers to meet face to face with citizens and a chance to become familiar with your neighbors,” the Martinsville Police Department said. “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build safer neighborhoods.”

Pulaski County

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, their deputies and “a bunch of our friends” will be at the large picnic shelter in Randolph Park in Dublin from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

“This is a great chance to come out and meet your local people that will be there for you in any type of emergency,” the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. “There will be all sorts of popo and other first responders there. Lifeguard 11 helicopter may make a brief appearance if they are able.”


Residents in Radford are invited to join local law enforcement officers and first responders for National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. in Bisset Park on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

There will be K9 demonstrations, SWAT and fire truck displays, yard games, food truck vendors, and even the first annual tug-of-war contest between the Radford Police Department and the Radford Fire Department.

Roanoke City

Roanoke city officials, the Roanoke Police Department, the Roanoke Sheriff’s Office, Roanoke Fire-EMS, and their community partners have organized events across the Star City in honor of the 38th annual National Night Out!

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, there will be National Night Out celebrations at the following Roanoke locations:

  • Neighborhood Potluck with games and light refreshments at Huff Lane Park picnic pavilion at 4412 Huff Lane NW (Greater Grandview Area Neighborhood Watch)
  • National Night Out Celebration at Few Old Goats Brewery at 515 8th Street SW (Mountain View Neighborhood Association)
  • OSW National Night Out Celebration with hot dogs and beverages at Alexander Gish House at 641 Walnut Avenue SW (Old Southwest)
  • SE Community Celebration with beverages, food, games, and activities at the Golden Park shelter at 1566 Carlisle Avenue SE (Southeast Action Forum, Inc.; Belmont Neighborhood Association; StarView Heights Neighborhood Watch; Riverland Walnut Hill Neighbors; and Riverdale Farm Neighborhood Association)
  • NNO Block Party with a Chick-Fil-A dinner, hot dogs, refreshments, and games at 2000 Colgate Street NE (Noble Neighborhood Watch)
  • NNO Block Party with refreshments and games on Cup Street NE between Pennsylvania Avenue NE and Long Acre Drive NE (Old Mountain Road Neighborhood Association)
  • Wasena Neighborhood Picnic in the Park at the Green Goat at 802 Wiley Drive SW
  • Feeding America Parking Lot Bash with fresh produce and goody bags at the Solutions Center at 2328 Melrose Avenue NW
  • Bring your picnic to the Village Green at Fire Station 8 at 2328 Crystal Spring Avenue SW (South Roanoke Neighbors)

Roanoke County

The Vinton Police Department encourages the community to join them for a night of fun at the Vinton War Memorial’s Charles R. Hill Community Center in honor of National Night Out.

From 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, you can grab a free hot dog, a free drink, and/or a free snow cone while you get a chance to meet with police officers and Town Council members. There will also be plenty of entertaining activities like games and music for the kids.


From 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, community members are invited to watch the Salem Red Sox play the Lynchburg Hillcats as part of National Night Out and Frontline Workers Appreciation Night at Salem Memorial Stadium.

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