The History of National Hispanic Heritage Month

Here at OneEighty, we’re excited for the upcoming opportunity to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! From September 15 to October 15, Ohio and the rest of the United States has the chance to learn more about Hispanic American culture and the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our country over the years.

But how did this cultural celebration come about? It all started in 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, Hispanic Heritage Week was expanded into a 30-day event by President Ronald Reagan.

The date of September 15 was chosen for the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month because it correlates with Independence Day for Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Honduras. Mexico, Belize, and Chile also celebrate their independence during this timeframe.

At OneEighty, we’re excited for the cultural celebrations and other events that will be taking place in Ohio and elsewhere to commemorate the amazing contributions of the Hispanic American community. We hope you can take advantage of this time to learn more about this distinct culture!