NYC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 13, 2023 Desiree Homer

Every year, the nation observes Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th. NYC highlights this special month by holding events all over the city to celebrate the contributions Hispanic Americans have brought to this country's history, society, and culture. There are so many things to do all over the five boroughs during Hispanic Heritage Month. Don’t miss out on the parades, art exhibits, culinary offerings, block parties, and so much more!

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month is a growing annual event that started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. During that time, it was only a week long, but it was later expanded to a month by President Ronald Regan in 1988. It starts on September 15th and goes until October 15th. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the rich cultures and unique contributions of Hispanic Americans whose direct ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, and Central and South America.

The timing of this celebration has significant historical importance in multiple instances. These dates all fall in this 30-day period.

  • September 15th – Independence Day for Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua
  • September 16th – Mexico’s Independence Day
  • September 18th – Chile’s Independence Day
  • September 21st – Belize’s Independence Day
  • October 10th – Indigenous People's Day

Celebrations Around the City

The New York Public Library in Midtown Manhattan has events all month, including readings, book clubs, canvas painting, children’s events, bilingual story-time, and so much more. Visit their site for a full calendar of events.

The New York Latino Film Festival in Harlem and Washington Heights will have viewings, panels, and conferences at different venues all over the city. Click HERE for a full schedule and ticketing information.

Mexican Independence Day Parade in Staten Island will be on September 16th from 2 pm-7 pm. The route begins at 774 Port Richmond Ave and goes to Park Ave and Bennett Street. There will be live music, delicious food, dance groups, vendors, and more! 

Hispanic Day Parade in Queens will be on September 24th from 12 pm-3 pm. The parade marches on 37th Avenue from 69th St to 86th St in Jackson Heights. There will be floats, music, and more!

The New York City Children’s Theater in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum will present ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! on September 30th at 10 am and 2 pm. For tickets, click HERE.

See a NY Yankees game in The Bronx at Yankee Stadium for select games as they celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by offering attendees an exclusive NY Yankees hat featuring the flag of a Hispanic country of their choice. For special event ticket information, click HERE.

If you’re looking for any number of ways to honor this cherished month, you’ll find something in all five boroughs. Don’t miss the celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month from Staten Island up to the Bronx and everywhere in between!

Come back often to see what else is happening in New York City and to find exciting things to do! EMRG Media is always at the forefront of all-thing events, event planning, and entertainment in NYC!

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