We all know and celebrate holidays like Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos. But from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States celebrate and embrace their heritage. From dancing tango to attending concerts and joining parades, there are plenty of ways folks can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in New York City.
What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as a way to celebrate the independence of several Latin and South American countries. The 15th of September marks the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. September 16, 18, and 21 mark the independence of Mexico, Chile, and Belize, respectively.
According to the official site, National Hispanic Heritage Month aims to celebrate the "histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America."
Ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
With over 2.4 million Hispanic and Latinos living in NYC, it's no surprise there are numerous events that celebrate their heritage and independence. Here are just a few of the events you can attend to join in on the festivities:
1. Daddy Yankee concert: If you're in the mood to groove, it's not too late to buy tickets to Daddy Yankee's show on September 21 at the Coney Island Boardwalk Ford Amphitheatre. Ticket prices are varied.
2. Zoo Fiesta: On Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Smithsonian Zoo will hold a number of free, family-friendly activities, including live music, authentic gourmet cuisine and educational activities about conservation in Central and South America.
3. Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day: On October 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the American Art Museum will hold a museum-wide scavenger hunt, as well as crafting and dancing in their Kogard Courtyard. Did we mention this event is free?
4. ¡Vaya! 63: Charanga America: Held in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on September 22 at 7:30 p.m., this event features performers in Latin-inspired dance and Cuban charangas and danzones. This event is also free.
5. Parades: Yes, we love parades, and so should you. Here are a few that will be happening over the next several weeks.
Saturday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m., Brooklyn NY:22nd Annual Panamanian Independence Day Parade. Parade starts at Bergen Street and Franklin Avenue; ends in a street fair at Classen Avenue between Eastern Parkway and President Street.
Sunday October 8 at 12:00 p.m. Manhattan NY:Hispanic Day Parade
Fifth Avenue from 43th Street to 69th Street
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