During the June 15, 2021, City Council meeting, Mayor Bruce Teague signed a proclamation announcing that for the first time in Iowa City history, Juneteenth will be officially observed.
Juneteenth recognizes the day enslaved African Americans in Texas learned they were free: more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 71 days after the Civil War ended. While Juneteenth has been commemorated in Iowa City for many years, it now replaces President’s Day as a recognized City holiday, to be observed annually on June 19. Since that date falls on a Saturday this year, City Hall and other facilities will be closed on Friday, June 18. Visit our website for a schedule of closures.
2021 Juneteenth events
A series of events will be held in Iowa City and throughout the area to celebrate. Visit icgov.org/Juneteenth2021 for a complete list. Some highlights include: