National Night Out

National Night Out (NNO) is a unique event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and is held the first Tuesday in August. The National Night Out campaign has involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials.

Mark your calendar! National Night Out 2019 will be held Tuesday, August 6.

Registration is open. Be sure to get your neighborhood registered today.

REGISTER HERE

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National Night Out 2018

What National Night Out Does

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships 

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and neighborhoods 'celebrate' NNO with a variety of events and activities such as:

  • block parties,
  • cookouts,
  • visits from local police, fire fighters, paramedics, and city officials.

NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation.

Why Host a Block Party

Hosting a block party for National Night Out is not only a great way to bring your neighbors' together, but it is also:

  • An excuse to have fun.
  • An opportunity to meet your neighbors. When a neighborhood is more familiar with each other, the more likely they are to identify strangers or suspicious activity.
  • Increases the sense of belonging in a neighborhood.
  • Makes additional connections within the community - make plans to organize a book club, create a babysitting co-op, or find new friends for your children.
  • Allows the neighborhood to use the street for a day for sports and other activities, like hockey, basketball and other games.
  • Gives a starting point to have a yearly neighborhood tradition.
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Mayor Bieter visiting a block party at National Night Out in 2018

Get Started

There are a few things to get lined up before you host a block party:

  • A couple of months in advance, talk to neighbors and find out if there is interest in having a block party.
  • Gather a few neighbors and divide up the tasks. Decide on a possible theme, activities, etc. Decide what to do about food.
  • Make the invitations and distribute to neighbors.
  • Recruit volunteers.
  • Register your event with your local police department.
  • A few days before the event, place sign(s) in the neighborhood reminding the neighbors of the block party.

Important Items

Obtain a Permit

You will need to obtain TWO permits to block off your street, one from Boise Police and one from ACHD. 

To send in your application through postal mail download the ACHD Permit and complete the BPD Permit and send to:

Boise Police Department
Re: National Night Out
333 N. Mark Stall Place
Boise, ID 83704

START APPLICATION
Get Additional Recycle Bins

Boise Public Works has recycle bins available to borrow at no charge for your neighborhood events. Two styles of recycling bins are available: collapsible and yellow Rubbermaid. You can call (208) 608-7537 or fill out the online form.

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Be Aware of City Noise Ordinance

If you have amplified music at your block party, such as a neighborhood band, you are subject to the City Noise Ordinance, as per City Code.

Consider printing off fliers and go door-to-door or email the neighbors. The flier would include a contact phone number the day of the event, and then if someone has an issue with the music they can call the number on your flier to handle their complaint.

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National Night Out 2016

Suggested Activities

Neighborhood History

  • Cultural Connections
  • Have everyone bring their favorite family dish.
  • Record the story of how everyone came to live in the neighborhood and what he or she likes best about it.
  • Identify any special people that lived in your area such as the longest resident, politician, artist, military personnel, etc.

Family Activities

  • Invite a clown, balloon artist, or magician
  • Have games using water balloons
  • Rent a "Jump House"
  • Do face painting (Remember to use non-toxic paint)
  • Organize a kids talent show or bike parade
  • Use sidewalk chalk (Make it a game for the kids and give out prizes)
  • Play Musical Chairs
  • Play an ice-breaker game

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