Don't forget to celebrate "Juneteenth" by attending several events throughout Des Moines as well as Cedar Rapids. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the June 19th, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States of America. The Iowa Juneteenth Observance has been in existence for 28 years. On April 11, 2002 the Iowa Juneteenth holiday was made an official holiday.
Thursday, June 14
The Community Builders Appreciation Banquet Recognizes accomplishments of individuals across Iowa. The Keynote Speaker is Soledad O'Brien. There will be a social hour at 5:oo pm, followed by the banquet which runs from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. It is heald at the Drake University Olmsted Center. Tickets are $50.00 each.
Friday, June 15 - Saturday, June 16
On Friday, enjoy $1 admission to the African Museum of Iowa, where you can see the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights traveling exhibit for free all day, a presentation by Dr. Brie Swenson-Arnold, and "The Emma Oliphant Story" at 7pm for free.
On Saturday, go to Viola Gibson Park in Cedar Rapids from 11am-4pm for live entertainment, youth STEM activities, face painting, TJ the Clown Balloon Art, and food. There will be a mayoral proclamation at noon.
Saturday, June 16
Come enjoy live entertainment, vendors, food, and watch the basketball tournament (you can also sign up to play in the tournament). Everything starts at noon and goes to 7:00pm. The event will be held at Evelyn K. Davis Park in Des Moines, Iowa.