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22 communities celebrate 30th Annual National Night Out in the east

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

On Tuesday, people around the East took part in the 30th Annual National Night Out. A nationwide effort to fight crime and drugs.

Twenty-two neighborhoods marked the occasion with cookouts, block parties, flashlight walks, and vigils.

One of the main events took place in Uptown Greenville. Police and city officials were out in full force to meet and greet  the community.

The uptown event featured food trucks, live music,  and a dress-like-a cop and hula-hoop competition.

9 On Your Side stopped by several community events to check out how people in eastern North Carolina were celebrating National Night Out.

The Sterling Pointe community marked its first night out event by holding a block party. Homeowner's association board member, Sharvon Buffalo, says the event is about bringing the community together. 

"We thought it would be good  to get the community out, get the kids out, get the parents out, so they can meet some of us and get to know each other, " said Buffalo.

National Night Out is held the first Tuesday in August every year.

 

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The 30th Annual National Night Out is underway across the east. It's a nationwide effort to fight crime and drugs.

Here are a few of the events going on in the east:

In Greenville, a community-wide celebration is happening in the uptown district at the Five Points Plaza. That's going on from 5-to-8 p.m. There's a food truck rodeo, with regional and local food trucks. There's also a hula-hooping throw down and dress like a cop competition for kids. For a full list of community events in Greenville click here.

In Jacksonville, the celebration includes live music and will finish with a bang during a fireworks show. It all kicks off at 5 o'clock at Riverwalk Park in downtown and it's free for anyone to attend. Local bands and beach music icons Band of Oz start playing at 5:30. The fireworks start around 9.

And at Atlantic Beach, their night out celebration runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the town park on Fort Macon Road. Everyone is invited for a night of fun, while meeting police officers and other emergency responders. They'll also have a waterslide, bounce houses, food, and giveaways.

For more information on National Night Out and events in your area, just click here.

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