initially being approved as a weeklong observation by President Lyndon
B. Johnson in 1968, National Hispanic Heritage Week was expanded to 30
days by President
Ronald Regan in 1988 to become National Hispanic Heritage Month. Each
year from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, Americans celebrate the history, culture,
and contributions of citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico,
the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The beginning date is significant because it is the anniversary of
independence for Latin American countries Nicaragua, Honduras,
Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.