Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the June 19th, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States of America.

Iowa was the seventh state to officially recognize Juneteenth. 


Juneteenth Celebration
Friday, June 14
Inis Grove Park
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Cedar Rapids

Juneteenth Education Day
Friday, June 14
African American Museum of Iowa
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Juneteenth - Outdoor Celebration
Saturday, June 15
Viola Gibson Park
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


4th Annual Juneteenth Trailblazers Awards Banquet
Friday, June 14
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Coralville - Iowa City
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


2019 Quad Cities Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 15
Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Des Moines

2019 Community Builders Banquet
Thursday, June 13
Drake University Olmsted Center
5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Neighbor's Day*
Saturday, June 15
Evelyn Davis Park
12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.


10th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 15
Comiskey Park
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Iowa City

9th Annual Juneteenth Commemoration in Iowa City*
Saturday, June 22
Mercer Park
12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Juneteenth Celebration*
Friday, June 14 - Saturday, June 15
Sullivan Memorial Park
6:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*The ACLU of Iowa will attend this event. Stop by our table!

Note: The photo attached to this article depicts a Juneteenth Celebration in Texas, 1900. Taken from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's Instagram on June 19, 2017.