On Tuesday, communities all across Minnesota will be celebrating the first annual "Night to Unite." Previously known by the name of "National Night Out," the day is meant for neighbors to congregate and get to know each other, have picnics, play games, meet emergency workers from their communities, and combat crime by being a presence in their neighborhoods. Due to the belief there were irresponsible fiscal choices involved, the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association announced starting this year, it will no longer be a member of the National Association of Town Watch, which is the organization that manages National Night Out.
Because Night to Unite parties are highly localized, there would be far too many of them to name here. Last year, Minnesota was a top state for participation and Minneapolis and St. Paul were top cities. There were hundreds of block parties taking place last year for National Night Out, and likewise, there are now many Night to Unite celebrations happening on this year. Take a look to see if there will be an event happening near you. Its a great chance to get to know your neighbors and other people from around the community.