Special to Iredell Free News

The Statesville Police Department will host its annual Night Out event on Tuesday, October 3, in Downtown Statesville.

This free community gathering is being held in conjunction with National Night Out, a nationwide initiative aimed at fostering stronger relationships between citizens and law enforcement while promoting crime prevention awareness within communities.

The “Night Out” event will take place on West Broad Street, between Mulberry and Kelly streets, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event will offer activities and attractions for all ages, including free food, inflatables, entertainment, and interactive activities.

National Night Out, which originated in 1984 as a simple gesture of turning on porch lights, has since evolved into a nationwide observance celebrated by communities across the United States. The event has become a powerful symbol of unity, demonstrating the collective commitment to building safer and more engaged neighborhoods.