Juneteenth 2021

This year, the City of Iowa City is recognizing Juneteenth as an official holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the historic date of June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to officially inform the people of Texas that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed by Presidential Order of Abraham Lincoln. Union Major General Gordon Granger read aloud the order freeing the one quarter of a million slaves who were still residing in the state, and the last to hear the news. This is an important date to note, as it was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was declared by President Lincoln, in which “all persons held as slaves’ within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free,” according to the National Archives.


The City of Iowa City is partnering with local organizations to support many educational and cultural events throughout July.


This page will continue to be updated as we are aware of more area events.