For the first time in at least a dozen years, the entire nation is set to celebrate National Night Out (NNO) on the same date, Tuesday, Oct. 6. The National Association of Town Watch, the originator of NNO, encouraged this change due to the coronavirus pandemic—most cities usually celebrate in August, while Texas moved the event to the fall in 2008 to take advantage of cooler temperatures, and some other areas have done the same.

Richardson’s event will take place via a “drive-by” format. From 6-8 p.m., residents are encouraged to turn on their porch lights, decorate their yards in a patriotic theme and hold personal picnics in front of their homes, waving to police officers who will be driving through registered neighborhoods. City officials and NNO mascots will also be present for some of the drive-bys. A patriotic mask decorating contest is also taking place.