Hispanic Heritage Month
Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana
Fredericksburg is where WE ALL come together. Our celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month acknowledges the contributions of the Hispanic community to our city and state. More than 3,100 Hispanics or Latinos live in our City (11%), reflecting the cultures of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
We invite you to celebrate our Hispanic culture. Find area events and support our local Hispanic-owned businesses. And read about the importance of this monthlong celebration and the rich resources available via the links below.
About National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month (Spanish: Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana) is a commemorative period from September 15th to October 15th for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the U.S.
September 15 is the starting date as it marks the declaration of independence of five Hispanic countries in 1821: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover the 30-day period.
Engage and Learn
La Rumba Latinx Festival on Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Old Mill Park. Celebrating the greater Fredericksburg area Latin American culture while also providing resources to the Latin American community. Come and join us for a day filled with fun, music, kids activities, resources, health screenings, raffles, and so much more!
Latino Identities Month Celebration at the James Farmer Multicultural Center, University of Mary Washington
Regional Information & Resources
National Hispanic Heritage Month - The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.
Semilla Cultural develops and cultivates a community that embraces Puerto Rican culture and arts in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region. It focuses on raising cultural awareness by teaching and performing the Puerto Rican musical genres of Bomba and Plena, as well as educating the community as to the historical events that shaped this music.
Virginia Hispanic Foundation provides the Hispanic community with education, information and resources to successfully integrate themselves into the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Hispanic Heritage Month in Virginia honors the Hispanic Americans in Virginia, highlighting noteworthy people, Hispanic innovation, history and facts and learning resources.