Planning a National Night Out gathering? Important deadlines are approaching
This year, National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 2, and if you’re planning a neighborhood gathering, there are important deadlines for registering your event with the City and for blocking off your street.
Use this checklist to plan your National Night Out celebration:
- Register your National Night Out event. There is a single online process to register your National Night Out event and apply to close your street. If you want to close your street for your event, street closure is free if you apply by July 19. From July 20 to July 27, there is a $100 fee for blocking off the street. (You will not be able to block off your street if registering after July 27.) You need permission of 75 percent of your neighbors to be approved for street closure. (You do not need their signatures.) Get started at www.minneapolismn.gov/nno. Or you can register your event and apply for street closure by calling 311.
- It is free to participate in National Night Out.
- Registration places you on the official list of National Night Out events that gets distributed to police and other departments. However, there’s no guarantee police will be able to visit your event.
- When you register your event, you will get free Mystery Point Passes for Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America.
- Make rain plans. Decide if your event will go forward if it rains or be rescheduled for another time. If you apply to close your street, you’ll have a rain date of Wednesday, Aug. 3, unless you decline it during the application. If you don’t close your street, you can choose any rain date that works for your group. Just remember to plan ahead.
National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention. It’s a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family. For more information, see the Minneapolis NNO mission statement.
As with many past National Night Outs, Minneapolis was ranked No. 1 among all U.S. cities over 300,000 people in 2015.
Find out more about National Night Out at www.minneapolismn.gov/nno.