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Minneapolis hoping for another record-breaking turnout for National Night Out

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Minneapolis has three trophies proving it has continually been ranked number one among all U.S. cities participating in National Night Out (NNO) – an annual event that lets law enforcement and citizens mingle at barbecues and block parties.

The city is hoping the numerous get-togethers it's throwing for Tuesday night's NNO earn it a fourth, keeping the city's unbroken winning streak alive.

According to a news release, Minneapolis was recognized as the No. 1 city with a population over 250,000 to take part in the program in 2012, 2013 and 2014, boasting nearly 1,500 neighborhood events last year.

The city says it's "extremely lucky" to have the police-community partnerships that make such participation possible.

This year, their events include not just cookouts, but water slides, ice cream, games, and much, much more – to check what's happening near you, check out this epic list of events.

It's all part of a tradition that began in 1984, when the National Association of Town Watch – which describes itself as "the nation's premiere nonprofit crime prevention organization" – launched the first National Night Out.

The goal was to get neighbors out of their homes and talking with one another as a way to build community, and since then, it has transformed from a simple meet-and-greet to block parties, parades, festivals and more.

The organization says the festivities now involve over 38 million people in tens of thousands of communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada, and military bases across the world.

According to the official website, NNO "enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community" in the hopes of making neighborhoods safer.

Minnesota's Night Out

Hundreds of cities and towns across the state are also holding get-togethers Tuesday night to promote "positive police-community relations," MPR News reports.

These include events in BrainerdDuluth, the Fargo-Moorhead area, Shakopee and many other cities. (Click here for all the events registered with National Night Out.)

Some communities – including Shakopee – refer to NNO as "Night to Unite."

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