National Night Out is coming to Birch Bay for the third year in a row, but this time it will be a pandemic version – law enforcement personnel will parade through Birch Bay neighborhoods, starting at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, at Birch Bay Waterslides and traveling to the south end of the bay and back in a loop.
The annual event is a national community-building campaign that seeks to build relationships between communities and law enforcement. The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce organizes the local event.
Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies will be there, along with personnel from other law enforcement agencies. Last year’s event featured fire trucks from North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, BP and Phillips 66; Whatcom County Sheriff and Blaine Police Department vehicles, as well as vehicles from Whatcom County Search and Rescue and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The chamber is encouraging people to participate from their homes. “Join us by safely waving and cheering as we drive by your home,” a poster for the event reads. “This is the perfect opportunity for a front porch BBQ!”
Across North America, more than 16,000 communities typically participate in National Night Out, according to the organization’s website. This is the 36th annual National Night Out.
To find more information and details on the parade route, visit birchbaychamber.com/events.