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Posted on: October 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Brown Announces That This Year’s National Night Out Celebration is Going Virtual!

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Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown, the Division of Citizen Services and the Board of Block Clubs is encouraging City residents to take part in this year’s virtual National Night Out celebration scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM. This year, in response to the COVID-19 global health pandemic, residents will celebrate National Night Out via video conference. The video conference will feature fun activities for community members as well as informative presentations by the Buffalo Police Department, the Buffalo Fire Department, and the Department of Public Works. Everyone must register online to receive an invite link to the National Night Out Virtual Celebration. You can register by visiting In a show of solidarity and celebration, we are asking all participants to turn on their porch lights beginning at 7:00 pm. Mayor Brown also directed the top of Buffalo City Hall to be lit in red, white, and blue on October 6th in recognition of National Night Out!

“National Night Out is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and celebrate the strong neighborhoods that the City of Good Neighbors is known for” said Mayor Brown. “Our socially distanced, virtual National Night Out format will allow residents to enjoy their neighbors while staying safe in their own yards or on their own porches.”

The City of Buffalo encourages all residents to adhere to the safety guidelines regarding COVID-19 during this year’s National Night Out Virtual Celebration. We recommend that those participating in National Night Out do so from their own porches or in small groups of people from the same household. We require that all social distancing procedures are enforced: minimum of 6 feet apart, face masks worn, and frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing.

The 37th annual nationwide celebration of neighborhood unity was postponed from its original date in August to the First Tuesday in October due to COVID-19. Traditionally, National Night Out is celebrated in more than 16,000 communities across the nation. It’s aimed at building neighborhood camaraderie, while reinforcing relationships between residents and local police and fire personnel.

Since 2006, the Brown Administration has remained committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all its residents by investing in strategic public safety and anti-crime initiatives. More recently, Mayor Brown has been focused on responding to calls from the community regarding community policing and the eradication of systematic racism. Some of the innovative and resourceful tools Mayor Brown has implemented can be found in the Buffalo Reform Agenda on the City’s website.

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