On August 7th, 2018, the United States will celebrate National Night Out for the 35th consecutive year. Even though this national event has occurred annually since 1984, many community residents are still in the dark about both the history and the purpose of National Night Out. Our goal is to shed some light on National Night Out.

Let’s go back to the beginning. In 1981, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) was founded to connect community watch programs across the nation and provide them the resources they needed to make a difference in their neighborhoods.

In 1984, the NATW officially introduced National Night Out as a night where community members and local police officers would band together to meet with each other, discuss community safety concerns, and celebrate the neighborhoods where they live. It is a night for residents to forge a positive bond with the law enforcement officers that are tasked with protecting their community.

Now, let’s fast forward 35 years to see what National Night Out has evolved into today.

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FUN FACT: The state of Texas, along with some cities in the Southeast, will be celebrating National Night Out on October 2, 2018 to avoid the brutal heat of early August.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED IN NATIONAL NIGHT OUT?

Visit the Registration Page

ON THE NATW WEBSITE

Find Out Details About Your Local

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S INVOLVEMENT BY VISITING THEIR WEBSITE

Recruit Fellow Neighbors

TO JOIN YOU

What are some Good Activities to Include in a

National Night Out Block Party?

  • Grilling Out Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
  • Games, Contests, and Raffles
  • A Bike Parade of Kids
  • Live Music
  • Q&A with Police Officers
  • Fire Equipment Demonstration
  • Crime Prevention Discussions

The Communities that were named Award Winners by

THE NATW FOR 2017 INCLUDE:

POPULATION OVER 300,000

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Arlington, TX
  • Los Angeles County, CA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Chesterfield County, VA

POPULATION OF 100,000 – 300,000

  • The Woodlands Township, TX
  • Orlando, FL
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Rochester, MN
  • Modesto, CA

POPULATION OF 50,000 – 100,000

  • Maple Grove, MN
  • Suffolk, VA
  • Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • Carson City, NV