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Origins of Hispanic Heritage Month 

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and runs through October 15, giving us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate members of our communities and their ancestors who hail from Mexico, parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain.  

Rather than starting at the beginning of September, Hispanic Heritage Month takes place over 30 days starting on the 15th, a nod to the anniversaries of national independence for a number of Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Most Hispanic and Latino communities recognize September 15 as the date of their independence; however, Mexico’s independence is celebrated on September 16 and Chile celebrates its independence on September 18.  

Hispanic Heritage Month traces its history to 1968 when it was just a week-long observance. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill designating the week of September 15 as “National Hispanic Heritage Week.” It wasn’t until nearly 20 years later that Hispanic Heritage Week was lengthened to an entire month under President Ronald Reagan’s term. 

Celebrations and Events Near You

Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with exciting events around Pierce and Kitsap Counties! Discover cultures through the Festival LatinX, Fiestas Patrias, Dia de Los Muertes, and more. Have fun with your family and learn about the community around you. Don’t miss these local events: 

Fiestas Patrias | September 17 | WA State Fair

Festival LatinX | October 14 | Tacoma Armory

Dia De Los Muertos | October 28 | Eastside Community Center

Dia De Los Muertos Festival | November 5 | Tacoma Art Museum