National Night Out events planned for Aug. 6

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By Staff Reports

Galax and Independence will both hold National Night Out Against Crime events on Aug. 6.
National Night Out, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is a community-police awareness event that takes place in areas all over the United States. It is always held the first Tuesday of August.
The events are organized by local police departments, non-profit organizations and volunteer departments. The goal is to increase awareness of police programs in the community, including drug prevention, neighborhood watches, and other crime prevention efforts.
Organizers say it sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and will fight crime to make their communities a better place to live and raise their families.
The Galax Crime Prevention Coalition invites the public to join in this year’s National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Galax.
The event includes a free picnic with hot dogs and fixings, musical entertainment, games, bounce houses, a mechanical bull and more.
For more information, contact Sgt. Chris Brown at (276) 236-8101.
The city’s event has been ranked several times as one of the largest in the nation for communities of its size. More than 3,000 people attended in 2012.
A variety of activities are planned for the annual National Night Out in Independence on Aug. 6 from 6-8 p.m.
Activities planned include laser tag, bouncy houses and hot air balloon rides.
The event, which is free, will be held rain or shine. In case of bad weather, the bouncy houses and rides will not be a part of the activities.
Local churches, businesses and fire and rescue squads will set up booths in the parking lot at Grayson County High School.
Hot dogs, drinks and other food items will be provided by a group of Methodist churches in the area.
Entertainment will be provided by world-famous guitar picker Wayne Henderson of Rugby.
The Grayson County Sheriff's Department and Independence Police Department have joined forces to sponsor the event. Members of both departments will attend and meet with citizens and discuss any crime issues they may have.