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Iowa City holds Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Iowa City will hold their annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday featuring live entertainment, demonstrations and performances.

The free, public event will be held Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive, in Iowa City.

Funk Daddies, Charism, LPS and other bands are scheduled to perform. There will also be free food, martial arts demonstrations, a health fair, theatre performances and a blood drive.

In case of rain or storms, Juneteenth festivities will be moved to the gymnasium inside the Mercer/Scanlon recreational facility.

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were finally notified of their freedom following President Abraham Lincoln's proclamation more than two years earlier.
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