Every September, the United States turns up the salsa music and shines the lights on Hispanics across the nation to celebrate the contributions of the country's largest ethnic minority.
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the week that includes September 16, Mexico's Independence Day, as National Hispanic Heritage Week. Two decades later, the event evolved into a month-long celebration that begins on September 15 – a date that marks the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua – and runs through October 15 to encompass Mexico's and Chile's independence (September 18).
With an increasing population that the U.S. Census Bureau projects to reach more than 102 million by 2050, Hispanics are continuing to establish an ever-important presence in American society.
So put on your dancing shoes, dig into some delicious south-of-the-border cuisine, and join the festivities throughout the month.
>> Download our calendar of events for Hispanic Heritage Month
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