In dozens of neighborhoods across Seattle, residents came out for National Night Out on August 1.

The Night Out started in 1984 when Matt Peskin introduced it through his Town Watch association.

The first annual National Night Out involved 2.5 million neighbors across 400 communities in 23 states. However, the event soon grew to a celebration beyond just front porch vigils.

Neighborhoods across the nation began to host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. Today, thirty eight million neighbors in sixteen thousand communities across the nation take part in National Night Out.

On Fremont’s Baker Avenue, Sern Watt organized the event in 2017.

“My wife and I have been here since 1973, and we were the new kids on the block then,” he said. “The original idea was it gives you permission to be nosy with your neighbors.”

By knowing your neighbors and  being invested in their lives, the theory is that neighborhoods will be made safer.

It’s also an excuse to potluck and imbibe.

Kathleen Wilson, the Baker block watch captain, said the event does make you feel closer to your community and more concerned with your neighbors’ lives.