National Night Out

Defne Uygur, 4, and Ata Uygur, 1, pose on the bumper of an Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company fire engine during a National Night Out event in 2017.

Newark will shut down Main Street and Academy Street on Tuesday to give residents a chance to interact with first responders from several local agencies during the annual National Night Out celebration.

The free festival is set for 6 to 8 p.m.

“National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work,” Lt. Andrew Rubin said.

Participating agencies include the Newark Police Department, University of Delaware Police Department, Delaware Natural Resources Police, Delaware Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement, Delaware Department of Correction Probation & Parole, Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company and University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit.

The NPD K-9 unit will give a demonstration, DATE will have a DUI simulator, and Aetna firefighters will demonstrate how they rescue people from car crashes. In addition, other equipment and specialized units will be on display.

The new Newark Police Athletic League trailer will be unveiled and will have games and activities for kids.

Free snacks and drinks will be available, and the UDairy Creamery will be selling ice cream.

The Main Street Alfresco outdoor dining event will be held in conjunction with National Night Out, meaning attendees can enjoy dinner at a downtown restaurant after the event.

This is the sixth year Newark has participated in National Night Out, a nationwide effort that began in 1981 and now involves more than 16,000 communities. National Night Out is intended to promote crime prevention and foster ties between law enforcement and community members.

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