Winchester residents are invited to join forces with communities across the country on August 1 for the 35th Annual National Night Out. This family-friendly event, hosted by the Winchester Police Department (WPD), will take place from 5:30-8:30 pm on the Loudoun Street Mall in front of the 1840 Courthouse Museum. Residents are encouraged to bring their family and neighbors and enjoy free food, live music by Amethyst Heart, activities for kids such as face painting and a bounce house, child fingerprinting, and a meet-and-greet with local public safety personnel.
National Night Out is a community-building event that promotes partnerships between law enforcement and the public. It’s designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit, promote crime prevention, and send a message to criminals to let them know that neighborhoods are willing to fight back against crime.
The event will include several of WPD’s community partners and local crime-prevention groups, including the Laurel Center, Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, Winchester Sheriff’s Office, and Winchester Fire and Rescue.
Event attendees are encouraged to bring seating. Metered parking in Old Town Winchester is free after 6:00 pm (Monday-Friday) and parking in the four downtown garages is $.50 per hour.