City of Sanford, NC
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Sanford's National Night Out Program Swells to 35 Sites

With just under two weeks until National Night Out, the City of Sanford’s program will be the largest in Sanford’s history with 35 neighborhoods, churches, and organizations participating. Registration for the annual program is now closed.

National Night Out (NNO) is celebrated on the first Tuesday of August each year, which is August 7 this year. The City of Sanford hosts several precursor events to get the word out, including the annual Community Play Day event on July 14 that allowed the community to meet and interact with first responders and emergency workers and their equipment.

Though registration has closed, there are still two precursor events for the community to enjoy. On August 1 at 11:00 a.m., the Sanford Police Department will hold a Safety Lunch at the Enrichment Center. The lunch is geared toward senior citizens and offers advice about prescription medicine safety as well as general home safety tips. There is no cost to attend.

The popular Cone with a Cop event is back for its second year. The Dairy Queen located at 2831 South Horner Boulevard will host the Sanford Police Department’s Community Police Unit on August 7 for an afternoon of free ice cream for youth. The event will run from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will feature a coloring contest.

Coordinated by the National Association of Town Watch, this is 35th anniversary of the National Night Out program and the 25th anniversary of the City of Sanford’s participation. Sanford’s program has consistently placed in the top 10 for cities its size across the country. Last year, the city’s program placed first in the nation.

To view this year’s participating locations and see related street closures, visit our website at For more information about the City’s NNO program, contact Kelly Miller at 919-777-1133 or

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