National Night Out 2019

Bringing communities and local authorities together in the fight against crime.

What is National Night Out?

On August, 6th, 2019, National Night Out will be celebrated for the 36th consecutive year. Some have heard of the event, but many may not understand its purpose. Our goal is to help inform community members about this annual event.

The National Night Out Program was started in August of 1984 after the National Association of Town Watch was created several years earlier by Matt Peskin, a local volunteer for the Lower Merion Community Watch program.  Since then, the event has grown to include millions of participants.

Today, the event is held on the first Tuesday of August in most communities. Texas holds its National Night Out event on the first Tuesday of October, which will be October 1, 2019 for this year. Fun and educational activities you’ll find at local National Night events include barbecues, safety demonstrations, children’s games and much more.

It’s easy to think that with today’s technology, we don’t need to reach out and connect with our neighbors. While home security systems afford us with additional protection, they can’t help us to get to know the individuals who live nearby and who might be able to support us not only in times of need but also share part of their lives with us.

This is what National Night Out is about: communities coming together in a stance against crime. It starts with us.

Coming Together, Learning Together, & Helping One Another


36 years strong

Over 36 million participants

Over 16,500 events nationwide

Find Your Local National Night Out Event

Want to find a National Night Out event happening near you? Visit NATW.org to find an event happening in your area.

Find Your Event Here

Officer Perspectives on National Night Out


“National Night Out is an opportunity for law enforcement to build partnerships with citizens in the community they serve, and this is accomplished through face-to-face interaction in a positive setting, sharing information about events in the community and public safety information sharing.”

– Chief Steve Parker, Tega Cay Police Department





“National Night Out is a chance for the community and the police department to come together to begin looking at ways to reduce crime in their neighborhoods and communities.”

– Lt. Tim Ayers, Rock Hill Police Department

Want to Have a National Night Out Event in Your Town? Here’s How:


Register on the NATW website to host your own NNO event

Visit your local police department’s website to learn more details about local NNO events

Ask your neighbors to join you!

10 Activities You Can Do for Your Event


Barbecue

Grill up some favorites and learn more about your community’s stance against crime.

Q&A with local police

Host a question and answer session with your local police to learn more about their roles and how to prevent crime.

Outdoor games

Get your game face on with community basketball, cornhole, an obstacle course and more.

Safety demonstrations

Emergency responders can teach kids about fire safety, water safety and more.

Face painting

Have some adults set up a table with designs, and let the kids pick out the paintings they’d like to wear.

Community food bank collection

Give back to the community by holding a food drive for a local charity or organization.

Scavenger hunt

Send the kids (and any adults desiring) on a scavenger hunt for unique finds. Be sure to have prizes for the winners!

Update on neighborhood affairs

Start a tradition and have designated community members share events, accomplishments and concerns.

Set up a photo booth

Set up a photo booth where kids, adults and local emergency responders can take photos.

Beautify a common neighborhood space

Beautify a common neighborhood space like a local garden or cleaning up a subdivision. 

Where Home Security Can Help


It’s good to help each other as neighbors by reporting suspicious activity, but there are times when we aren’t always able to rely on our neighbors’ or law enforcement’s help, and that’s when a home security system or smart device is a good option. These devices can be extra ears and eyes as well as assist in preventing crime. Today, there are many advanced devices like video doorbells, smart lights, indoor cameras and more that can help with protecting your home.

Learn more about products and services that can help you protect your family and home.

National Night Out Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out if my city is holding a National Night Out event?

You can visit the NATW’s About page or your local city or police department’s website to see if your city is holding any events.

Do I need to register to participate in National Night Out?

You only need to register if you plan to sponsor a National Night Out event. You’ll need to register in order to obtain the resources you need for your event. You can register to host an event in your city on the NATW’s Registration page.

Is there any National Night Out gear that I can purchase for the event?

Yes! You can find t-shirts, caps, balloons, sports bags and more on the NATW’s Shop page.

How can I ask my neighbors to get involved?

You could share your event on social media with friends or even stop by to let your neighbors know when the event will be held.

How can I be a part of the National Night Out awards program?

In order to participate in the awards program, you’ll need to register first and also become a member of NATW. You can become a member of NATW here. From there, you’ll need to complete the entry form on NATW’s contact page and review the annual guide and coordinator toolkit. You can find additional information here on the NATW website.