Storm moves Night Out event inside

Visitors paint rocks at the Sizzlin' Bones booth at Fort Gibson's National Night Out last year, held Tuesday at the Frank Gladd American Legion Post 20.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — A storm turned last year’s National Night Out community event into a night in, but this year’s celebration hopes to live up to its name.

The Fifth annual Okies Neighborhood National Night Out will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Rotary and Robison parks, according to a release from event organizer Neighbors Building Neighborhoods. The event will feature not only games and inflatables.

“For us, it’s really about a way to get the community out to talk to their neighbors, and to know about the resources that are available,” said Lindsey Roberts, Neighbors Building Neighborhoods Regional Prevention Coordination director. “Coming out and supporting things in the community is important, but so is supporting citizens, so we’re getting advice and resources in one spot.”

The event will feature inflatables and games at both locations, as well as free food. The Oklahoma City Thunderbolt Trailer will be at Rotary Park, providing kids with an interactive experience centered on the OKC Thunder. Visitors to the Robison Park party will be treated to rock painting and a skateboard demonstration.

“There’s a little bit of stuff for everybody, and free food is always fun,” Roberts said.

The Muskogee Police Department and Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service will join in the festivities, too: the MPD’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle and some ambulances will be on display at Robison Park.

Their presence is appropriate, given the National Night Out’s origins as an event to improve community and police relations, Roberts said.

“It started out as getting police and community to work together, and it’s just grown to include resources and fun and games as well,” Roberts said.

Roberts said the organization is expecting a high turnout — 2017’s event drew over 3,000 people.

Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce will host its Second annual National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Splash Pad and Skate Park. Fort Gibson’s first observance, in 2018, was moved indoors when storms hit.

Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce will hold National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Maple Park. They will have free hot dogs and Conversations with a Cop from 6 to 6:30 p.m. And, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., there will be a pie-eating contest, Dunk an Officer, flag football, freeze tag with officers, free popcorn, drinks and Blue Bell Ice Cream, a news release states.

If you go

WHAT: Fifth annual Okies Neighborhood National Night Out.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

WHERE: Rotary Park (South 24th and Elgin streets) and Robison Park (Gulick and Augusta streets). 

Information: (918) 683-4600, or email

WHAT: National Night Out.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

WHERE: Fort Gibson Splash Pad and Skate Park, 199 E. Railroad, Fort Gibson.

INFORMATION: (918) 478-4780.

WHAT: National Night Out.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

WHERE: Maple Park.

INFORMATION: (918) 485-3414.