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National Night Out at Mennen Sports Arena
Young girl is dressed in an EMS uniform in front of an emergency vehicle at Morris County's National Night Out.

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County’s twelfth National Night Out, hosted by the Morris County Park Police and the Morris County Park Commission, returns to Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township on Tuesday, August 5, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with more FREE attractions. Fire, police, and rescue units are on hand to demonstrate a wide range of skills and equipment that bring awareness to the community with special emphasis on family and the multitude of services available to enrich their lives. Dozens of municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies participate, and are available for questions.
There will be FREE food, drinks, entertainment, ice-skating, giveaways, and attractions offering attendees one of the nation’s best ‘Nights Out.’ Each year since 2007, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) named the Morris County’s National Night Out event a National Award Winner. “The Morris County National Night Out for the past seven years has received national recognition because it offers a comprehensive array of participating agencies to educate the public on available community services,” says Chief Dave Doyle of the Morris County Park Police. “In addition to the exhibits, there is FREE ice-skating, hands-on activities, FREE giveaways, an opportunity to explore fire trucks, police vehicles, and more. Our most popular activity is the children’s ID program.”  

This year, National Night Out overflows with amusements. Investigate the essential equipment of police, fire, and emergency vehicles, such as motorcycles, ambulances, all-terrain vehicles, fire engines, and squad cars. Visit the horses of the Morris County Park Police’s award-winning Mounted Equestrian Unit. Groove to the tunes of DJ and live performances. The Morris County Park Police are once again offering the most popular FREE Child ID cards, an initiative launched in 2000 that registers more than 1,000 children annually.

Chief Dave Doyle and the Morris County Park Police ensure public safety throughout Morris County, and provide assistance to other area agencies. The department currently patrols park facilities with cars, motorcycles, bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, and horses. For more information, please visit or contact Lieutenant Gabe DiPietro at


The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!