Haverhill, Methuen Observe National Night Out Tuesday

Free refreshments and children’s activities are available during the 31st Annual National Night Out next Tuesday. Haverhill and Methuen are among participating communities.

Both Haverhill and Methuen plan observances from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday. Haverhill’s event takes place at Swasey’s field, while Methuen’s will take place at Methuen City Hall, 41 Pleasant St., Methuen.

“This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and give crime a going away party,” said National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin.

National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, the organization said.

Last year, National Night Out involved more than 37.8 million people in 16,242 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.