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Juneteenth 2019

Ninth annual Iowa City Area  Juneteenth commemoration

Juneteenth 2019

    June 22, 2019 

    Noon to 4 p.m.

Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive, Iowa City.


free. all welcome. for the whole family.

Johnson County, IA – The Johnson County Juneteenth Community Committee is hosting the ninth annual Iowa City Area Juneteenth Commemoration, a day of family fun on Saturday, June 22, at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive, Iowa City. This free event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and includes

  • live performances by local musicians and artists,
  • a health fair,
  • food,
  • vendors,
  • games and activities for the whole family.
    Children can enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, books and games.
  • a blood drive held indoors
  • door prizes

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the date in history when, 2 ½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers sailed into Galveston, Texas, and read aloud the order freeing the quarter of a million slaves residing in the state.

This year’s theme is Still we Rise, reflecting on the incredible gains that have been accomplished, but also recognizing that there is still a lot of work to do. This event is open to the public.

For more information

  • visit the Facebook event page at  
  • Contact event chair:
    Laurie Nash, Youth and Family Services Manager, Johnson County Social Services
    319-356-6090 or