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The 30th annual National Night Out is underway.


The event, hosted by the National Association of Town Watch, runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. outside of Macy’s department store at 1300 Market Street in Center City.


Also known as "America's Night Out Against Crime" the country-wide celebration encourages communication between local law enforcement agencies and the community in its battle against drugs and crime.


An estimated 15,000 municipalities across the U.S. and Canada are expected to participate, according to the National Night Out website.