Jacksonville, Kinston among cities prepping for National Night Out

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Preparations are under way for National Night Out in Jacksonville.

The event is a celebration of the community and a night out against crime. More than 15,000 people are expected to come out.

Spots for vendors are already marked off around Court Street. And just a reminder, if you’re planning on attending, parking is not allowed at the event site.

“There’s parking out at the police department,” said Lt. Staci Leyble, Jacksonville National Night Out Event Coordinator. “There’s parking all the way out to the old Piggly Wiggly shopping center at New River and various parking through downtown. And we will have Jacksonville Transit circling through the downtown area picking up people and dropping them off at the Bull building.”

Kinston also has big plans for National Night Out.

The police department community coordinator said they expect to see hundreds turn out like in previous years.

Local businesses and community centers are providing free food and entertainment from snow cones, bouncy houses and music to fill the evening.

Both police and community members see it as an opportunity to create positive relationships.

The free event starts Tuesday at 5:30 at Martin C. Freeman Park.

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