On National Night Out, Haverhill had its own night out — and what a night it was.
Police and neighbors shared an evening at Swasey Field last week.
The event featured police officers serving free hamburgers and hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks.
There was singing and dancing, as the Police Department provided a disc jockey.
Children enjoyed face painting, bounce houses, carnival games, animal balloons and clown entertainment.
At a child’s car seat check point, a certified installer inspected seats to make sure they were properly installed in vehicles.
A fire truck and several police vehicles were on display.
National Night Out is a community-police partnership that began in 1984 and is held the first Tuesday of every August.
It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada.
These events aim to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, and other anti-crime efforts.
This event is co-sponsored by Haverhill police and the Haverhill’s Target Store.