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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Several local communities will be celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday.

The police departments of Matthews and Mint Hill are inviting residents to participate in National Night Out.

MATTHEWS:

National Night Out activities will be hosted by Target and held in the Target parking lot at 1900 Matthews Township Parkway from 5:30-7:30 p.m., including free hotdogs and drinks, games for kids and officer demonstrations.

MINT HILL:

Activities will take place in Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, 8850 Fairview Road from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will include free food, live music, police K-9 demonstrations, crime prevention information and kids games.

CHARLOTTE:

Several neighborhoods will be hosting several events for National Night Out. For more info on the certain events, click here.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Communities across SC mark National Night Out

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Hundreds of people in communities across South Carolina are observing National Night Out with a variety of events.

What began in 1984 as people leaving their porch lights on as way to join together to stand against crime has now evolved into events ranging from rallies and neighborhood cookouts to youth events and law enforcement demonstrations.

According to the National Night Out website, at least 60 communities statewide are holding events on Tuesday.

Nationwide, there are events in 16,000 communities, involving an estimated 38 million people.

Florence celebrating National Night Out

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Authorities in Florence County are planning a variety of activities to encourage children and families to stay safe in their communities.

Sheriff Kenney Boone and his deputies are inviting people to attend their 31st Annual National Night Out Celebration at the Leatherman Senior Center on Tuesday.

The night includes games for children, live entertainment, free food and drinks. All proceeds and donations benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee.

Boone says the event is a time for groups and members of the public to celebrate working together to keep the community safe. George C. Bradley, a Florence native and president of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

Richland sheriff holding National Night Out event

HOPKINS, S.C. -- Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is hosting a going away party for crime and drugs.

The celebration scheduled for Tuesday at Lower Richland High School is part of the annual observances for National Night Out. Lott will join community action team members and school resources officers in the celebration.

There will also be climbing walls and an opportunity to register children for Kid ID Print.

Organizers say the event includes entertainment, music, free food and drinks. There will also be giveaways, as well as information about crime prevention.

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