Donning a firefighting jacket, Wesson Fischer, then 4, smiles as he stands in front of a Camano Island fire engine during Stanwood’s National Night Out in 2014. This year’s event is set for Aug. 7. (Herald file)

Donning a firefighting jacket, Wesson Fischer, then 4, smiles as he stands in front of a Camano Island fire engine during Stanwood’s National Night Out in 2014. This year’s event is set for Aug. 7. (Herald file)

Come out and party with your local police officers

On National Night Out, families can interact with first responders — no emergency needed.

LYNNWOOD — It’s not often that children and families get to interact with police officers in a non-emergency environment, said Julie Moore, Lynnwood’s city spokeswoman.

But on National Night Out, on the first Tuesday of August every year, officers, firefighters and other city officials visit neighborhood parties. This year, the event is Aug. 7.

The Lynnwood Police Department has been hosting National Night Out for 35 years. Neighborhoods put together more than 30 block parties, and city officials are set to visit every single one. The parties generally consist of a barbecue or picnic.

The event is designed to be fun for kids. Entertainment can be expected, such as small giveaways and displays of patrol cars, motorcycles and fire trucks.

In years past, some people have decided to organize Block Watch groups afterward, Moore said.

All neighborhoods are encouraged to participate. People in Lynnwood who are interested in having a party can contact Nic Li, the city’s crime prevention specialist, at or 425-670-5639.

Register online at

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Many Snohomish County police departments are celebrating National Night Out on Aug. 7. Some have large central celebrations while others help with block parties.

Arlington: For block parties, go to

Darrington: 6 to 9 p.m., 1015 Seeman St.

Everett: For block parties, go to

Gold Bar: 6:30 p.m., Gold Bar Family Grocer at 1111 Croft Ave.

Granite Falls: 4 to 7 p.m., the field next to the IGA grocery store

Lake Stevens: 6 to 9 p.m., Trestle Station. For block parties, call 425-334-9537.

Marysville: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jennings Park at 6915 Armar Road. For block parties, go to

Mill Creek: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Pine Meadow Park. For block parties, go to

Monroe: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lake Tye Park

Mountlake Terrace: 6 to 8:30 p.m., Evergreen Playfield

Mukilteo: 4 to 7 p.m., Mukilteo Family YMCA

Snohomish: 5:30 p.m., Snohomish Boys & Girls Club

Snohomish County: 5 to 8 p.m., Willis Tucker Community Park. For block parties, go to

Stanwood: 6 to 8 p.m., parking lot at 27225 90th Ave. NW.

Sultan: 5 to 7 p.m., Sultan Police Department at First and Main streets

Separately, Edmonds plans a public safety open house from 6 to 8 p.m. July 26 at the police station.

All other events in this list are Aug. 7.

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