2020 Nationwide Evening Out in Evansville canceled
The Evansville Police Department announced Tuesday that this year’s National Night Out, scheduled for August 4th in Wesselman Park, will not take place.
The department made the announcement through a press release as well as its social media accounts, citing the increase in COVID-19 cases in the community.
Launched in Philadelphia in 1984 and held on the first Tuesday of August each year, the goal of the annual event is to enable community residents and local law enforcement agencies to come together and build relationships “to make our neighborhoods safer.” , more caring places to live, “according to the National Night Out website. Since its inception, the event has served 16,000 communities across the country, 84 of them in Indiana, including Evansville.
Evansville is likely not the only community to cancel or at least postpone their event as the national website is encouraging the community to postpone their events to the first Tuesday in October due to the continued spread of COVID-19. On the basis of the declaration published by the EPD, they will not be postponed, but merely canceled this year’s event altogether.