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Tuesday’s celebration of safer communities and the need to keep coming together during National Night Out will mark 25 years that Racine Neighborhood Watch has organized local events.

“National Night Out encourages neighbors to give neighborhood crime and drugs a going away party, lock their doors and come outside, celebrate neighborhood camaraderie, and take a unified stand against crime,” a written statement from the organization reads. “For a quarter century, Racine Neighborhood Watch, Inc. has supported and organized this annual event.”

A total of 55 events are planned around the city and in the Lakeside neighborhood of Mount Pleasant that will involve some 6,000 residents. Block parties, cookouts, carnivals, movie nights, and more are taking place in neighborhoods across the greater-Racine area and will include visits from law enforcement, firefighters, and McGruff, the Crime Dog.

This year’s kick-off event begins at 4 p.m. in the north parking lot of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa Street, with comments from Neighborhood Watch leaders, local and state representatives, and law enforcement.

Racine County Eye will update this story with a full list of events and activities.