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Hispanic Heritage Day

Oct 7th @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Discovery Park of America will host an educational event for the whole family to learn about Hispanic history. Guests will have the opportunity to explore Hispanic foods and culture in various hands-on activities and listening sessions. The calendar for this event will be released soon.

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures and extensive histories of the American Latino community.

Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week,” but it was later extended to a month in 1988. Since then, HHM has been celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, and much more. The month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua on September 15th, Mexico on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th. They also include holidays that recognize Hispanic contributions such as Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day that is celebrated in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hispanic Heritage Day Program (times to be determined)
Children’s Storytime – Pull up a chair and listen to a read-aloud of the book “Hill of Fire” by Thomas P. Lewis. The story is based upon the “birth” of the Paricutin volcano on February 20, 1943 in a cornfield in Michoacan, Mexico.

Children’s STEAM Activities – Build a “volcano” and watch it erupt. Make maracas and learn about this musical instrument.

There will be 2 Keynote speakers: Dr. Michael Gibson, a retired UTM professor and a local business owner (to be named soon).

Main Street of Union City is hosting its annual event, Tacos and Tamales, in Kiwanis Park in downtown Union City on October 7 at 4 p.m. Find out more about the event here.