HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – The time has come to celebrate National Night Out across Hampton Roads and local first-responders are getting ready to welcome neighbors for a fun evening!

National Night Out is a nationwide event that heightens crime and drug prevention awareness, generates support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Communities all across the U.S celebrate NNO in many different ways, from live musical performances to cookouts.

National Night Out is typically celebrated the first Tuesday in August, which falls on the 2nd this year.

Below, find information about NNO in the Hampton Roads area. If you are aware of others, please email us at this link and we’ll add the information to this list.

National Night Out Events in Hampton Roads

Franklin

The City of Franklin, including several city departments, civic/community groups, and businesses are hosting the City of Franklin’s 2022 National Night Out event at Armory Field on August 2, 2022.  

Organizers invite the community to join in on the festivities between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.  Feel free to bring chairs, tents, tables, and anything else you may want.  Set up an area for your group so that your group can interact among itself but more importantly interact with other groups who come that night.  

Food and entertainment will be provided and public safety partners will be present to make it a memorable evening.  

Hampton

The following National Night Out events are being held across Hampton on August 2, 2022:

Neighborhood: Pasture Point
POC: Kendall Tarkington
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Neighborhood: Hampton Woods Townhomes
POC: Sonya Daniels
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Neighborhood Watch Interest Meeting
Cox Communications will be hosting
Taco Tuesday with Frank’s Monster
Munchies on-site & prizes.

Neighborhood: Farmington
POC: James Beckwith jwbstuff@verizon.net
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Neighborhood: Riverchase
POC: Dorothy Dunn (757) 850-8544.
Location: tbd
Time: Gathering at 6 p.m.
Note: Requested brochures to hand out to neighbors

Neighborhood: Whipple Drive
POC: Pat White ppwhite57@cox.net
Time: 6 p.m.

Event: Unity Flashlight Walk
Neighborhood: Rosalee Gardens
POC: Lisa Miller alwilliams282@gmail.com
Location: tbd
Time: tbd

Neighborhood: Olde Hampton Community
POC: Donna Little
Location: Mary Jackson Neighborhood Center
Time: 6 p.m.
Event: Cookout

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting their National Night Out event at the “Nest on 17,” located at 800 Chickahominy Lane in Carrollton. The event will take place on August 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will showcase the sheriff’s office’s K9 Unit, Marine Unit, the Sheriff Emergency Response Team, Motors Unit as well as the Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department.

Guests can enjoy free food, music, a rock climbing wall and more.

Newport News

The Newport News Police Department is celebrating National Night Out on August 2, 2022.

A brief kick-off ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. at NNPD Headquarters, 9710 Jefferson Ave. Mayor McKinley Price will read the official proclamation and Chief of Police Steve Drew Sheriff Gabe Morgan will offer remarks.

Newport News Public Library will also celebrate National Night Out on August 2, 2022 — with free activities, food and fun at its branches.

The Main Street Library (110 Main Street) will have classic games for all ages, such as tug-of-war, an egg-and-spoon race and a three-legged race. You can take a ride in a barrel train, play large-sized field games and enjoy refreshments. The event will take place 5–7 p.m.

The Pearl Bailey Library (2510 Wickham Avenue) will have music, dancing and games for all ages. You can tour a fire truck with a firefighter and enjoy face painting and refreshments. The event will take place 5–7 p.m.

The Grissom Library (366 DeShazor Drive) will have interactive Caribbean and Cuban music on steel drums, games and refreshments. The event will take place 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Norfolk

This year’s National Night Out in Norfolk will take place on Aug. 2 at the Huntersville Recreation Center on Goff Street from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Guests of the event will be able to enjoy food and music while learning about resources from human services.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth Police is hosting their National Night Out event on August 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Portsmouth City Park.

Some of the vendors/participants in the Portmouth 2022 National Night Out include:

  • Stop the Violence 757 – Organization information
  • Portsmouth Crime Line – P3Tips App, organization information
  • Portsmouth Humane – Pet adoption
  • Port Rover – Pet training, grooming & boarding
  • PRHA – Services offered
  • Mercy Drops – Community engagement and services
  • Thrive Church – Community engagement
  • Planet Fitness – Fitness information
  • Effingham Street YMCA – Community engagement and services

Guests can feast on food, bounce houses, entertainment, live music from the band Better By Tuesday, an art contest, and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Portsmouth is asking artists of all skill levels and ages to send their artwork for the National Night Out Artshow. This year’s theme is “The Strength and Courage of Portsmouth.” Fill out a submission form for each art piece you would like to provide. The form must be submitted via email with a .jpg file of your artwork. The deadline for artwork submission is July 25, 2022. If chosen, your work will be displayed during the National Night Out event on August 2, 2022. Those attending will vote for their favorite piece and an award will be provided to the winning artist. If selected, please bring your artwork to Portsmouth City Park on August 2 at 3 p.m. to set up.

Southampton County

The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting its 2nd Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Southampton County Fair Grounds, 25374 Newmarket Road Courtland, Virginia.

There will be a DJ, live performances, k-9 demonstrations, food, face painting, vendors, bounce houses, and more!

Suffolk

Suffolk’s 39th annual NNO crime prevention event will be held Tuesday, August 2. Suffolk neighborhoods and businesses are invited to join communities nationwide for this event.

Suffolk’s National Night Out Kick-Off event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber at Suffolk City Hall, 442 West Washington St. Suffolk Mayor Michael D. Duman, City Manager Al Moor, Police Chief Alfred Chandler, and Fire Chief Michael Barakey will be among the city officials on hand to help kick start the evening’s fun.

Following the ceremony, tour groups in seven motorcade units will venture out across the City of Suffolk. To find a community party near you, visit the Suffolk National Night Out website at

Suffolk’s National Night Out opens with a Kick-Off event scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber at Suffolk City Hall, 442 West Washington St. Suffolk Mayor Michael D. Duman, City Manager Al Moor, Police Chief Alfred Chandler, and Fire Chief Michael Barakey will be among the dignitaries present to help kick start the evening’s fun.

Following the ceremony, tour groups in seven motorcade units will venture out across the City of Suffolk to visit the registered parties and enjoy the NNO fun happening in our City. To find a community party near you, visit the Suffolk National Night Out website at

Suffolk’s National Night Out opens with a Kick-Off event scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber at Suffolk City Hall, 442 West Washington St. Suffolk Mayor Michael D. Duman, City Manager Al Moor, Police Chief Alfred Chandler, and Fire Chief Michael Barakey will be among the dignitaries present to help kick start the evening’s fun.

Following the ceremony, tour groups in seven motorcade units will venture out across the City of Suffolk to visit the registered parties and enjoy the NNO fun happening in our City. To find a community party near you, visit the Suffolk National Night Out website at www.suffolknno.com.

Suffolk has proudly ranked first in the nation in its population category for its NNO celebrations in 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016, and 2018, and has been in the top five in the nation for 15 straight years due to the city’s involved, caring citizens.

There is a PSA promoting the event posted on YouTube.

James City County

On Aug. 2, James City County neighborhoods are invited to join forces with Police and thousands of communities nationwide for the Annual National Night Out.

During the evening, residents throughout the County are asked to lock their doors, turn on porch lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods are already making plans for block parties, cookouts and visits from County Police and McGruff the Crime Dog.

To arrange for County Officers to attend your community event, contact Senior Police Officer Shenee Graham at 757-603-6025 or via email at shenee.graham@jamescitycountyva.gov or Master Officer Brandon Frantz at 757-603-6023 or via email at brandon.frantz@jamescitycountyva.gov by July 8.

For more information about National Night Out, visit the National Association of Town Watch at natw.org.

Media contact:
Monique Myers, Assistant Police Chief
757-259-5142; monique.myers@jamescitycountyva.gov https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5257

Williamsburg

Located at Portsmouth City Park, Portsmouth’s NNO event will have a wide variety of activities for families to try. Guests will have a chance to enjoy food, music, entertainment, and an art contest this year.

If you are interested in being a vendor for this year’s National Night Out, you can fill out the organization registration form on the Portsmouth Police Department website. tabling is free but space is limited.

North Carolina

Ahoskie

This year’s National Night Out event in Ahoskie is August 2 at the Ahoskie Amphitheater. Chief Asbell and Sheriff Hayes will kick off the evening at 6 p.m. with a speech and prayer. There will be raffle drawings throughout the event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy food, music, a K-9 demonstration and more until 9 p.m.

Elizabeth City

The Elizabeth City Police Department is hosting a National Night Out event on August 2 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Waterfront Park.

Kill Devil Hills

Join Kill Devil Hills Police and Fire Departments for their 11th annual National Night Event on August 2, 2022.

This year’s event will be held in the Lowe’s parking lot from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

There will be free food and drinks, an OBX SPCA $5 rabies clinic, car seat checks, OBX Hospital blood pressure checks and several other organizations represented.

Manteo

National Night out returns to the Town of Manteo on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Participate in the fun community-police awareness event from 4 – 7 p.m. at Cartwright Park. This is a free family event with food, kids games and activities, and more.  

Perquimans County

Sheriff White and the First Responders of Perquimans County announced exciting plans for our annual “National Night Out,” being held on Tuesday, August 2. Due to any unforeseen inclement weather, the rescheduled date will be Tuesday, August 9.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the county’s lovely Parks and Recreation Center located at 310 Granby Street, Hertford, NC 27944.