Shakopee Night to Unite celebration is Aug. 4
Registration opens June 22 on city website
The city’s annual Night to Unite celebration returns to Shakopee Tuesday, Aug. 4 with neighborhood block parties encouraging neighbors to leave the porch lights on and gather in the street. Wear your red and black in honor of the 2020 theme: Shakopee Spirit!
This year, the city is anticipating a more subdued Night to Unite event due to ongoing precautions related to COVID-19. While some cities are postponing Night to Unite celebrations, the Shakopee Police Department is encouraging neighborhoods to consider hosting smaller parties that conform with state and federal public health guidelines.
“We believe celebrations like Night to Unite are more important now than ever, as more people are home this summer, and many may be feeling isolated,” said Police Chief Jeff Tate. “Getting to your know neighbors can help build a stronger community.”
The police department is encouraging block parties to consider activities that promote social distancing, such as yard games and chalk art. They also urge parties to consider individually wrapped food rather than serving potluck-style shared dishes. Show your Shakopee Spirit and consider supporting a local business by having meals or treats catered.
The city will also be making changes to ensure the safety of employees and participants. While parties can sign up for visits from Shakopee police, fire and public works, residents will not be allowed inside squad cars, fire trucks or other city vehicles. City staff will attend parties and be available to answer questions and address concerns.
“We understand not all neighborhoods will feel comfortable having parties this year, and that’s OK. Health and safety are our top priorities,” Tate said. “But for those who want to gather and have a little sense of normalcy and community, our officers will be there celebrating alongside. It’s what makes Night to Unite so special here in Shakopee.”
What you need to know:
- Registration opens: June 22
- Early Bird registration: June 22 – July 3
- Registration deadline: July 17
- To register: ShakopeeMN.gov/nighttounite
- This year’s theme: Shakopee Spirit! Pull out your red and black and show your Shakopee pride! Prizes from local businesses for best themed party.
- Night to Unite Photo Contest returns. Snap photos of your neighborhood party for submission to our annual contest. Special award for pet photos!
- When planning your parties, please follow the current public health guidelines
Please note, Night to Unite event is subject to cancellation or change based on CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.