King County Celebrates Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, 2020 

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. This month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the long, important presence and contributions of Hispanic and Latino and Latina (Latinx) Americans. 

You are invited to participate in the many events hosted throughout the month by the King County Latinx Affinity Group (KCLx), Sound Transit Latinx in Transportation (LiT), and the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Latinx Caucus. The first event is a Kickoff for Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month: A Celebration by KCLx hosted on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. For more information about this event and others, click here. 

Congress first passed a resolution to nationally celebrate Hispanic heritage as a weeklong event on Sept. 17, 1968. Nearly 20 years later, on Aug. 17, 1988, the celebrations were officially stretched to a full month. The celebration starts in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because Sept. 15 marks the independence days of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after, on the 16, 18 and 21, respectively. 

For more information contact Margarita Aguado at MAguado@kingcounty.gov.