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The City of Alexandria will observe Hispanic Heritage Month, joining a nationwide celebration, from Friday, September 15 to Sunday, October 15.
This is a time to honor the contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the Hispanic and Latino/x* community to the United States and our own City.
Immerse yourself in our City’s Hispanic and Latino/x community at festivities which will have you ready to dance, sing, and rejoice with fellow Alexandrians. From the Hispanic Heritage Festival at William Ramsay Recreation Center to an all-ages Fiesta at Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library and more, there are activities for everyone.
Visit the Hispanic Heritage webpage for a full list of events throughout the month.
City Hall Lights and Flags
This month, residents and visitors can look forward to seeing the flags of more than 20 Latin American countries waving at Alexandria City Hall in Market Square (301 King St.).
In the evenings, the national colors of Latin American countries will light up City Hall. This weekend, the City will be illuminated in blue and white, paying tribute to the independence days of Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.
About the Hispanic and Latino/x Population
The Hispanic and Latino/x population is an incredibly diverse group consisting of a multitude of nationalities, cultural backgrounds, and experiences. Some of our Hispanic community members are recent immigrants to the country, while others have family lineages that stretch past the founding of our nation.
Hear stories from Latino/x people in the City: read first-hand Oral Histories from Hispanic Community.
The City has a long history of residents who have immigrated here from Central and South America. In the 1980s, a community from El Salvador settled in the neighborhood we now call “Chirilagua.”
Discover the cultural history of Arlandria – Chirilagua.
* The terms 'Hispanic' and 'Latino/x' are used interchangeably to describe individuals who identify with or relate to Spanish and Latin American origin or descent.
Visit alexandriava.gov/HispanicHeritage for more information.
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