2019 National Hispanic Heritage Month

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  1. 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.

2019 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:

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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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