Pembroke will hold a National Night Out celebration after all.
Though it wasn’t in the town’s budget this year, Pembroke Police Chief Mark Crowe told council members Tuesday the police department is going ahead with plans to hold the celebration. The event is held at cities around the U.S. and is aimed at strengthening ties between police and community members.
"We will be able to fund it," Crowe said. "We’ll have a few vendors here and there, but mostly we just want people to have a good time."
The event will be from 7-10 p.m. on Aug. 4 and will include live music, vendors, safety displays, demonstrations and more, according to a flyer. City council members unanimously approved shutting down Railroad Street from the old post office to Hwy. 119 during the celebration.
Crowe said PPD welcomes help from the community, "but mostly what we need is for people to turn out," he said.
"We’re asking for donations if people can afford it, but we’d just like to have people to turn out, maybe put a booth up and get all the community out there to enjoy it," Crowe said.
In some cities, National Night Outs include a walk through neighborhoods victimized by high crime rates. Crowe told Mayor Judy Cook Pembroke’s Night Out will include a short walk at the end.
Richmond Hill is also holding a National Night Out celebration.