2018 National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month originated in 1968 when the 90th United States Congress introduced House Joint Resolution 1299. This Bill requested that the United States President issue an annual proclamation designating the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week. It was President Lyndon B. Johnson who issued the first such proclamation; between 1969 and 1988 subsequent proclamations were issued by Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan. In March 1988, Senate Bill 2200 was introduced, passed by Congress and promptly signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on August 17 of the same year. It established National Hispanic Heritage Month to run annually from September 15 through October 15. Then on September 14, 1994, President Bill Clinton issued Presidential Proclamation 6719 aimed at recognizing the contributions and culture of Hispanic Americans. Most recently, on September 18, 2009, President Barack Obama issued Presidential Proclamation 8417 to celebrate and honor Hispanic Americans.
Why does it start on September 15th?
As we mentioned in our article, What Independence Day is Like in These 5 Latin American Countries, September 15th is the day that five Latin American countries celebrate their Independence from Spain. Those former Spanish colonies include: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras. Mexico celebrates its independence the day after, on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th.
2018 Celebrations across the United States:
With more than 57 million people today, Latinos represent 18% of the United States population. It's no surprise then that, Hispanic Heritage Month includes several celebrations, festivals, exhibitions and all sorts of community activities across the country. Here are some of our favorites:
In celebration of its large Latino population, Los Angeles will host several activities all month.
- September 15 - El Grito, as has been sponsored by Los Angeles City Hall for more than 20 years; a gathering for the traditional El Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) remembering Mexico's independence struggle from Spain at Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles, CA
- September 15 - Hispanic Heritage Festival 2018, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA
- September 15 - Cine Sin Fronteras will present Latin American movies honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, Monterrey Park, Los Angeles, CA
- September 15-16 - Mexican Fiestas Patrias, Olivera Street Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
- September 21 - Latin American Heritage Celebration, Angelus Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
- September 29, 30 - Baja Splash Cultural Festival, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA
- September 20 - Hispanic Heritage Festival, Mall of the Americas, Miami, FL
- September 30 - Tony Succar's Mixtura Band, Collins Park, Miami Beach, FL
- October 1 - 15 - Orgullo, North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach, FL
- Cuban Heritage Collection - Permanent exhibit at University of Miami Richter Library; those interested in learning more about Cuban history may click here for online access to the University of Miami's Cuban Heritage Collection, Coral Gables, FL
- October 3 - Hispanic Heritage Opening Paella, Homestead Campus, FL
- October 20 - 21 - Hispanic Cultural Festival, Coral Gables, FL
- September 8 - Fiestas Patrias Celebration, Trader's Village, TX
- September 8 - Hay Festival - Bogota 39, The Wild Detectives Bookstore, Dallas, TX
- September 15 - October 15 - Month-long celebrations beginning with El Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores), Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (D-FW) area, TX
- September 22 - Quinceañera Fashion Show, Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Dallas, TX
There will also be numerous National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations across Texas.
September 15 - October 15 - The U.S. capital will be host to countless activities honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information click here.
We hope these suggestions help your family enjoy Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. If you live in a city not listed above, you may find more exhibitions and activities in your area by visiting this website.
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