Homewood’s annual National Night Out celebration will have a new twist this year, a Hawaiian theme.
In the village’s weekly newsletter, officials said: “Aloha! Homewood Police Department is making this year’s National Night Out Hawaiian Night Out. Think ‘Hawaii 5-O’ meets Homewood PD,” referring to the law enforcement drama that was on television from 1968 to 1980 and then in a reboot from 2010 to 2020. “We will have all the fun games and treats with a Hawaiian flare.”
The time and location will remain the same as in years past, however: Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Irwin Park, 1800 block of Ridge Road in Homewood.
Homewood police officers and department staff will be on hand to mingle with residents. There will be a hula hoop contest and the traditional water balloon toss.
A UCAN helicopter is expected to land at 5 p.m., provided it does not have an emergency to respond to. The crew will give tours of the helicopter’s medical features.
Flossmoor Police Department will host a gathering for residents the same night from 5 to 8 p.m. at Parker Junior High School.
Staff and vehicles from police, fire and public works departments will be on hand. There will be games for kids and refreshments for all. Touch-a-Truck will include up-close tours of snow plows, backhoes, bucket trucks and more.
National Night Out is a national community-building campaign that promotes strong relationships between police and community.