The City of Harlingen joins the nation in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with a proclamation to commemorate the 208th Anniversary of Mexico’s Independence Day.
Hispanic Heritage Week was first established in 1968 and was later expanded to one month from September 15 to October 15 by congress and President Ronald Reagan.
It is a time set aside to celebrate and pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation.
Mayor Chris Boswell presented the proclamation to Connie Salas and Cassandra Consiglio saying it is fitting and proper to recognize the many contributions by Mexican American residents who have enriched the City culturally and economically. Salas and Consiglio who is the Director of the Harlingen Convention and Visitors Bureau are the main organizers of the annual 16 De Septiembre event in the City. The free celebration featuring Mariachi 7 Leguas and Ballet Folklorico de Gloria Canales will be held on September 15 at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium from 5 -7 p.m.
In addition, the proclamation declares the week of September 10 through September 16 as Mexican Independence Week in Harlingen.