Plan a Block Bash! Back to Event Details
It's a breeze to enjoy your neighbors and kick up your street's fun factor a notch. Organize a neighborhood gathering and boost community spirit this summer with a block party. We'll show you how to pull it off:
- Start planning at least six to eight weeks in advance. Circulate a survey around the neighborhood to gauge interest, identify available dates and solicit food and activity ideas. Recruit a couple of volunteers to help distribute, collect and sort the results.
- Ask for volunteers to work in committees for:
- Invitations and responses
- Logistics (locations, permits to block off streets, table-and-chair setup, etc.)
- Food (coordinate with your neighborhood Publix Deli or organize a potluck)
- With your helpers, coordinate a patriotic parade starring neighborhood kids and pets:
- Give the parade meaning by honoring a neighbor who is a veteran of the armed forces.
- Make flyers a few weeks ahead inviting ideas and participation. Create certificates that everyone can win such as Most Patriotic Dog, Biggest Hat and Most Original Bike.
- Call the city office a couple of weeks before to have barricades delivered and ask local firefighters to join the parade aboard a truck.
- Contact all musicians in the neighborhood a week before.
- Pass out balloons and streamers a couple of days ahead so kids can decorate their bikes.
- Invite parents to tote toddlers in strollers and wagons.
- Celebrate a community effort such as park cleanup or tree planting in addition to the holiday.
- Circulate a sign-up sheet around the block so everyone can see what food is being planned and avoid duplications.
- Have a backup plan in place should weather interfere: either schedule a fallback date or stage a traveling garage party where each home hosts a different dish or activity.