(Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)

By Tashi McQueen,
AFRO Political Writer,

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual police and community initiative, providing residents an opportunity to connect with local law enforcement, learn about crime prevention and get to know their neighbors. NNO is the first Tuesday of August each year. These events are free and often led by neighborhood organizations. Below are events for you and your family to attend in the Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas:

National Night Out with the Metropolitan Police Department
Rosedale Recreation Center, located at 1701 Gales Street, NE

The kick-off location for all of the MPD NNO celebrations will take place in the fifth district at the Rosedale Recreation Center, located at 1701 Gales Street, NE in Washington, D.C.

Cherry Hill Park
4605 Kiernan Road College Park, MD 20740

Enjoy drinks, snack and various entertainment with law enforcement officers at the Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

College Park Woods Neighborhood Park
9119 Saint Andrews Place, College Park, MD

Join elected officials, law enforcement and your fellow community members at the College Park Woods Neighborhood Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m for an evening of fun.

Forrest Heights Gathering Space
5431 Indian Head Highway, Forest Heights, MD 20745

On August 1, make your way to the Forrest Heights Gathering Space from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy music, games, food and more.

Casey’s Night Out
810 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877

Go to the Casey Community Center on August 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. for Casey’s National Night Out. It’s a free annual community event that promotes police-community relationships to make Gaithersburg a safer place to live. There will be a water area for children, games, face painting, line dancing and ice pops.