Hispanic Heritage Month

A History of Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. During this month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and partners, share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month occurs each year from September 15 through October 15.

Featured Events

A Taste of Culture

A Taste of Culture

Saturday, September 24th, 2022
Vivo (Hispanic Heritage Month)

Vivo (Hispanic Heritage Month)

Sunday, September 25th, 2022
Yankees v.s. Red Sox Game

Yankees v.s. Red Sox Game

Sunday, September 25th, 2022
El Chisme

El Chisme

Monday, September 26th, 2022
QTPOCS GBM

QTPOCS GBM

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
Story Space: Hispanic Voices

Story Space: Hispanic Voices

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022
QTPOCS GBM

QTPOCS GBM

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022
QTPOCS GBM

QTPOCS GBM

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022
QTPOCS GBM

QTPOCS GBM

Thursday, November 10th, 2022
QTPOCS GBM

QTPOCS GBM

Thursday, December 1st, 2022

 

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