Where to celebrate Juneteenth this month

A young dancer from Des Moines Breakerz gets down at last year’s Neighbors’ Day celebration. (Photo: Iowa Juneteenth)

Calling all neighbors: You’re invited to the Neighbors’ Day celebration Iowa Juneteenth is hosting this Saturday in Western Gateway Park. This year’s theme is “Remembering Our History, Releasing the Past and Reshaping Our Future,” and the festivities will involve more than 80 vendors, food trucks and performers who plan to celebrate the history of the holiday and the community.

“It’s going to be a great day of family fun,” Iowa Juneteenth Director Dwana Bradley said. “We’ll have a book walk for the kids, bounce houses and pop-up games, miniature golf, and indoor and outdoor events.”

Bradley’s team also plans to reveal this year’s new Juneteenth wrap design for a DART bus, which will honor two individuals for their contributions to the community. (We asked for details, but their identities are also under wraps until this weekend’s big reveal.)

Later this month, Iowa Juneteenth will partner with the NAACP for a screening of “The Right to Read,” a documentary by LeVar Burton, on June 19 at Fleur Cinema. Later, you can join the charity golf outing on June 28 at Bright Grandview Golf Course.

Learn more about all the events and get tickets at iowajuneteenth.org.

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