National Night Out

2023 National Night Out! 

Tuesday, August 1, 4p - 8p Hartmann Park

Every first Tuesday of August, millions of people celebrate National Night Out (NNO) in neighborhoods across the country to celebrate community and law enforcement partnerships.

NNO brings together individuals from communities in all 50 states, United States territories, and military bases worldwide. This includes:

  • Businesses
  • Citizens
  • Community groups
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Officials
  • Youth organizations

Over 38 million people from 16,790 communities celebrated NNO in 2018.

Mission of National Night Out

The mission of National Night Out is to:

  • Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs
  • Heighten crime prevention awareness
  • Send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships

2023 Was VHPD's 26th Annual NNO Event

The 2023 National Night Out event was held on Tuesday, August 1, in Hartmann Park on Oakwood Rd. It was our 26th year of participating in National Night Out. We had free food and ice cream, several inflatables to jump on, face painting, a water spray and enough music to get everyone moving. The bookmobile from the Cook Memorial Library was also on hand as was representatives from the Vernon Hills Park District and Hawthorn School District 73.

The Numbers

As is always the case, we had plenty of food to go around. The crowd seemed slightly larger than in past years. We cooked over 400 hot dogs and more than 500 hamburgers. By the time the event ended we had also gone through 1000 bottles of water, over 980 cans of pop, 1,350 bags of snacks and 720 ice cream bars!

As always, NNO is completely free and is meant for our residents to come out and get to know their neighbors, meet the police and (most of all) have fun!

Volleyball Matches

Teams from the Vernon Hills Park District, Depke Juvenile Complex and Christ Church took part in some (friendly) volleyball matches.

Our Fabulous Sponsors

Our local sponsors for NNO 2023 were A-Z Entertainment, Record-A-Hit, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, the Vernon Hills Chick-fil-A, the Vernon Hills Park District, Target, Countryside Fire Protection District and Hawthorn District 73. The entire event would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Vernon Hills Public Works Department. It should be noted that all of the above were also involved in past NNO events. 

The 2023 national sponsors of NNO are Starbucks, Renewal by Anderson, Academy Sports + Outdoors and AT&T.

Our Incredible Volunteers

Trying to pull off an event like NNO would not be possible without the assistance of many, many volunteers. Huge thanks goes out to some our Citizen's Police Academy graduates and other great Vernon Hills residents who graciously donated their time to help serve food, distribute children's tattoos and take the pictures shown below. 


Please enjoy these pictures from our 2023 National Night Out!