Observing Juneteenth in Des Moines

Press Release

Juneteenth and Emancipation art
Des Moines, Iowa — Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – In observance of the Juneteenth holiday this Saturday, most City of Des Moines offices will be closed on Friday, June 18. There will be no delay in collection of garbage, recycling or yard waste.

All Des Moines Public Library branches will remain open in order to educate people about the holiday and celebrate the important historical milestone for our country. We invite all community members to visit DMPL.org/Juneteenth or visit a library location to learn more about the history of Juneteenth, slavery, American Civil War and Emancipation, and civil rights movements.

In addition, there are multiple ways to celebrate and explore Juneteenth in Des Moines. Here’s a few opportunities to consider:

Following the holiday weekend, the City Clerk’s Office, the Permit & Development Center and the Neighborhood Inspections Division will be closed until 10 a.m. on Monday, June 21 to facilitate a permit and license software upgrade.

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

About the City of Des Moines
The City of Des Moines: Iowa’s capital city and local government servicing more than 217,000 residents, 51+ neighborhoods, over 4,000 acres of parkland and 81 miles of trails. The City of Des Moines stands to be a financially strong city with exceptional city services, fostering an involved community in a customer friendly atmosphere. Visit DSM.city, Facebook and Twitter for more information.