Daily Dose: National Night Out: A national celebration!

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It’s a wonderful time of year for communities everywhere to mix and mingle! This year, National Night Out falls on August 6th.

Here’s how National Night Out is described on their website:

“National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas and select areas celebrate on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods 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.”

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  • Tons of FOOD! Here are some ideas:

    • Hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, chips and dips, sandwiches, fruit salad, vegetable trays, etc.

  • Tons of DRINKS! Here are some ideas:

    • Water bottles, lemonade, juice boxes, beer, margaritas, etc. 

  • And don’t forget dessert! 

  • Consider renting tables, chairs, tents, and fans! 

  • Set up face painting and gaming stations. 

  • Decide on music - DJ, band or a great playlist with speakers! 



Prior to the event:

  • Invite your local police department to partner with you for the event. Decide if you will have any safety demonstrations prior to the event. 

  • Post the printed invitation around the community. 

  • Don’t forget to post the digital version of your invitation - email it to your residents and post it on your social platforms.

The day before, or day of:

  • Post the appropriate social square to remind the residents of the event! 

The day of the event:

  • Make sure to set out the food/drinks with plenty of time.

  • Assign roles/duties to each team member, what will they each be responsible for?

  • Take tons of photos for social media!


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