At least 25 neighborhoods around town are gathering this weekend to celebrate Manhattan Day, in the 14th annual version of the event that celebrates Manhattan’s founding.
There are lots of cookouts, potlucks and picnics. There are ice-cream socials. Several neighborhoods are blocking off streets; many are gathering in front yards or back yards. Most are in the evening; some are at noon.
They’re spread all over town, from new subdivisions in Lee Mill Heights to the older part of the community near downtown. The common denominator: Neighbors getting together just for fun.
There’s no central “event” for Manhattan Day. Sponsored by The Mercury, with help from volunteers and the City of Manhattan, it is up to neighborhoods to plan what they want to do to mark the day.
Dillons provides hot dog buns and hamburger buns, and Ray’s Apple Market provides hot dogs to encourage cookouts. (Neighborhoods had to request them through the Mercury by the end of last week, so don’t walk into the grocery store and just ask for handouts.)
It’s held annually on the first Saturday in June, to mark the approximate time in 1855 when two groups of settlers joined together to form Manhattan.