On the first Friday of every month, downtown Johnson City comes alive as downtown business owners extend their hours late into the evening to spend time engaging with customers and community members. “First Friday is a low-cost, interactive, family-friendly event” that represents downtown business owners’ enthusiasm for the community they serve, says Sara Jane Schmeltzer, interim First Friday coordinator. “It’s about getting to know your local business owners and about them getting to know you. It’s also about learning what downtown has to offer. A lot of times we’ll hear people say ‘Oh, I never knew there was a gym here’ or ‘Oh, I didn’t know we had art galleries.’ Without First Friday, you’re likely to miss out on the best parts of living here.” First Friday is proof of Johnson City’s dedication to being a strong, caring community. So come on down—we welcome you with open arms!