National Night Out

National Night Out, Jacksonville NCAugust 3, 2021, Riverwalk Crossing Park

Together we promote Community & Public Safety Partnerships. National Night Out is America’s night out against crime and is usually held annually on the first Tuesday of August. The City of Jacksonville, along with community partners, hosts this exciting annual event to celebrate community and to promote crime prevention. More than 12,000 citizens attend each year.  Your support helps make this annual event a success! Please consider our Community Sponsorship Opportunities

Jacksonville’s NNO is Free and Open to the Public. Jacksonville’s NNO event won a National award for the 2020 series of events Organizers are working to make this year’s event even better! Check out photos from previous Jacksonville’s NNO Events

2021 National Night Out will be held at Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Lane  Riverwalk Crossing Park, Court Street in downtown Jacksonville.  Early completion of a stormwater, sewer line project at Riverwalk will allow the event to return to downtown.  There will be free parking and shuttle service available. 

2019 National Night Out  children's activitiesScheduled Events (subject to change)

  • Bicycle Giveaway
  • Backpacks with school supplies 
  • Demonstrations 
  • Exhibits
  • Food Vendors
  • Public Safety Themed Vendors
  • Children's Activities
  • Laser Light Show (possible)
  • Running with the Law 10K, 5K and 1M (virtual or in person, see developing details below)

2019 Running With the Law 10K and 5KRunning With The Law 10K & 5K Virtual Race

July 31, 2021, 7AM

Running With the Law offers runners lots of options with a 10K, 5K, 1M. Runners can compete in person or virtually. 

Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission logoRunning with the Law is a sister event to Jacksonville’s National Night Out and is part of the Jacksonville Onslow Sports Commission Race series. The race event is held at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Complex. Running With The Law Registration


Running with the Law supports NC Special Olympics. Runners receive a finisher Medal and  T-Shirt. Winners are announced for age categories. Winners receive an additional medal! This event is open to the public. Questions? Call 910 938-5312.

  • 10K Early registration - $40, ends July 29 at Noon (+ $5 after July 29 deadline)
  • 5K Early registration - $30, ends July 29 at Noon (+ $5 after July 29 deadline)
  • 1M Run - $10 (Finisher Medal only)
  • Race packet pick up will take place on Friday, July 30 from 9AM-6PM at the Commons Recreation Complex Administration office.
  • Race Starts at 7:30AM
  • Participants receive an event t-shirt & finisher medal once their time is uploaded at the registration website.
  • Medals (various age groups, overall male, female)
  • Proceeds benefit NC Special Olympics

2019-Jacksonvilles National Night OutHelp Make These Events Great

Vendors - There will be limited vendor space this year. Vendors must apply for this event and meet eligibility requirements. Jacksonville’s National Night Out is an annual police-community partnership event with a goal to raise awareness on the following topics: Public Safety, Crime Prevention, Health, Education and Youth Programs.  Therefore, it will be a mandatory requirement for all vendors (with the exception of food vendors) to indicate on the application how they will promote one of these topics. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 910 455-4000.  Vendor application

Sponsorship - Our sponsors give back to the community in a big way! Thank you for your continued support. Community Sponsorship Opportunities

We hope you or your organization will consider being a sponsor for National Night Out in 2021. It’s a great way to give back to your community and make connections. To sponsor this event, please call NNO Sponsor Coordinator, Beth Purcell at 910 455-1772.

Thank You 2020 NNO Sponsors!

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