July 4th and August 1st are the start dates for the final Destiny 1 era Iron Banners.
I have to say, the Iron Banner is the one event that I looked forward to every month. I preferred the pre-Rise of Iron version of the Iron Banner.
My profile picture shows me in my pre-TTK Iron Banner Iron Breed helmet and chest. I was so excited when I first got these. I thought they looked so much more regal than the regular gear. Once the TTK came out, these items could not be brought to the new light levels, which really bummed me out. Then I got the new TTK Iron Banner gear and I fell in love with the Hunters Iron Camelot Casque and Iron Companion Chest.
I know why they changed the format of the Iron Banner in RoI. They made Rank 5 and that loot more accessible to the players who couldn't spend 3 or 4 days to rank one character up. If I recall correctly, I would play 5 to 6 hours a night and would have my hunter to rank 5 by Friday. Now I can rank him up in one night if I have the Nightfall booster on.
I hope they have an Iron Banner type event in D2. It will be interesting how they bring it about. Hopefully we'll find out more about Efrideet and the peaceful faction she is a part of.