Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson, but it was later extended to a month during President Ronald Reagan’s term in 1988.
Since then, the month has been celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, and much more. The month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries, including: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15th, Mexico on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th. They also include holidays that recognize Hispanic contributions such as Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day that is celebrated in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
President Donald Trump officially proclaimed National Hispanic Heritage Month in a release on September 13th, saying:
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor all American citizens of Hispanic descent and celebrate their rich and vibrant traditions of faith, family, hard work, and patriotism. We are grateful for the innumerable contributions they make to our society, which are vital to our thriving Nation. We are especially grateful for the 1.2 million Hispanic-American men and women who have answered the call to serve in our Armed Forces, demonstrating remarkable loyalty, bravery, and dedication to duty.
Observing Hispanic Heritage Month allows our country to show its recognition and support for the work Latinos are doing in helping this country grow. Along with recognizing the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month, it is equally important to us at the Initiative that we raise awareness on Hispanic Heritage Month resources available from other agencies within the Federal Government. Compiled below is a list of different resources relevant to Hispanic Heritage Month, along with their respective agencies.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Hispanics in the United States: Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
- Census Bureau: Background Information on Hispanic Heritage Month
- Census Bureau: Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2018
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Health Initiatives and Campaigns for Hispanic Health
- Citizenship and Immigration Services: Recursos para la naturalización (Resources for naturalization)
- Library of Congress: National Hispanic Heritage Month
- NASA: Hispanic Heritage Month
- National Archives: Hispanic Heritage Month
- National Endowment for the Humanities: National Hispanic Heritage Month
- National Park Service: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
- National Science Foundation: The key to success – Hispanic Heritage Month
- Patent and Trademark Office: Hispanic Heritage and Inventions
- Smithsonian Institution: Hispanic Heritage Month Events at the Smithsonian
- Social Security Administration: Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Minority Health: Hispanic Heritage Month 2018
- U.S. Department of the Interior: Discover Hispanic Heritage at these historic sites
- U.S. Department of State: Hispanic Heritage Month
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Hispanic Heritage Month
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Hispanic Heritage Month 2018
- U.S. Navy: Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Navy
- U.S. Navy: Navy Celebrates 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month