Did you know that the first Tuesday in August is known as National Night Out? This is a great time to come out of our homes, meet our neighbors, and find ways to connect with the people we live close to.
So where did National Night Out begin? What sounds like a fun date-night, actually has it’s roots way back in the 1970’s. As a way to connect neighborhood and community watch groups, a man named Matt Peskin took it upon himself to begin organizing the National Association of Town Watch as a way to better protect our communities. Over the years, the movement has grown and today, more than 38 million people in 16 thousand communities around the United States participate in National Night Out.
This is a great time to step off our porches and get to know those around us. Here are some ideas to break the mold and meet some new people:
- Host a barbecue and invite people you haven’t met before.
- Rent a jumphouse or a dunk tank to entertain the kids.
- Rent tables and chairs for a cul-de-sac pot luck dinner.
- Rent a PA system and invite firefighters or law enforcement to come and speak to your neighbors about how they can keep the community safer.
- Have a bicycle parade where the kids can decorate their bikes with simple paper, balloons, or signs, and ride them up and down the street.
- Host a bicycle rodeo for the kids and discuss riding safety. There are organizations in the community that specialize in providing this type of instruction and fun.
- Hire entertainers such as magicians, clowns, balloon artists, or face painters to come and help everyone have fun.
Rocky Mountain Roll can help you plan an event that will have the neighbors talking for many months afterwards about how much fun they had. So, get planning today!