Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Friday, September 23, the City of Hattiesburg will kick off its thirty-second year of celebrating National Night Out by joining Live at Five at Town Square Park (100 Main Street), from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The kick-off event will include live music by T-Bone Pruitt, food vendors, touch-a-truck opportunities for children and interaction with first responders from the Hattiesburg Police Department, Hattiesburg Fire Department, Forrest County Sherriff’s Office and elected officials from both the city and the county.
The City’s neighborhood coordinator, Tonya Jordan, is working closely with community representatives and neighborhood associations to make sure the event is not only a collaborative celebration but that it meets the core mission of National Night Out – to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement.
“We had such a successful partnership with Live at Five as we rebooted this beloved community event after COVID-19,” said Jordan. “As an established live music celebration, it allows us to meet our residents where they are and to give our first responders the opportunity to interact face-to-face. The food vendors, department displays and more add to the family-friendly atmosphere and we look forward to seeing everyone come out for the night.”
National Night Out in Hattiesburg is an annual celebration of the community and its partnership with law enforcement and first responders – both essential to making all of Hattiesburg’s neighborhoods a safer, more caring place to live, work and play.
“With 32 years under its belt, this event is a staple on the calendar for our community,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “Community policing is a philosophy we believe in and this event elevates the opportunity to strengthen relationships between our first responders and our community.”
The kick-off for National Night Out serves as a precursor to neighborhood parties on Tuesday, October 4 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
All neighborhood associations interested in hosting a party on Oct. 4 will be able to sign up and/or pick up party packets at the Live at Five event on Sept. 23. Neighborhood representatives can also sign up at https://bit.ly/nnohburg2022.