RED SPRINGS — With rain threatening to wash out Red Springs’ National Night Out event, organizers have postponed the program from Saturday to later in the month.
“We felt it would better to move the date rather than have it rained out,” said Duron Burney, coordinator for the eighth annual Night Out in Red Springs.
There is an 80 percent chance of rain Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Burney said the event has been rescheduled for Aug. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Tom Cope Memorial Park at 520 Graham St. in the Mill Village.
The free event will include helicopter tours, bouncy houses, water slide, music and food.
“It is a great event and a great chance to bring neighbors together to get to know each other and to fight crime,” said Burney, who also serves on the Red Springs Board of Commissioners.
National Night Out was founded in 1984 as a part of National Association of Town Watch as an effort to promote involvement in crime-prevention activities, police and community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.
Organizers say the event was designed to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The national event began with about 400 communities in 23 states and has grown to 16,124 communities from all 50 states. The Red Springs event drew about 700 people in 2013.