GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – The CMU Plaza will host the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on September 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. This event will bring our community together to recognize the contribution made by Hispanics to America in shaping it into the wonderful nation it is today.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated between September 15 to October 15. This 30-day period is significant because it corresponds with various Latin American nations’ independence celebrations, including those of Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Columbus Day, commonly known as Dia de la Raza, is celebrated on October 12.

The difference between Hispanics and Latinos is highlighted during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the history and cultures of American residents whose ancestors originated in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Spain. This serves as a crucial reminder of how much power the American people have derived from their immigrant heritage and shared beliefs.

“Whereas September. 15th marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates and honors the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans who have enriched our culture and society. They came in search of a better life for themselves and their children, and they have helped to create a richer life for all of us.” – City of Grand Junction 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation.

Traditional foods and beverages will be served at the festival, which will also feature performances by local artists to enliven the gathering. Imelda Mulholland will also receive the Wester CO Latino Chamber of Commerce’s annual Rich Lopez Award for her persistent work to build a diverse Western Slope.

We came to America, either ourselves or in the persons of our ancestors, to better the ideals of men, to make them see finer things than they had seen before, to get rid of the things that divide, and to make sure of the things that unite.” President Woodrow Wilson – 1915.

The event is open to the entire community at no cost.