Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations scheduled to begin in Milwaukee

NOW: Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations scheduled to begin in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Hispanic Heritage Month is just around the corner, set to commence this Friday, Sept. 15. While it might seem unusual for a nationally recognized heritage month to start mid-month, this date holds immense significance for many Latinos.

The day marks the Independence Day for seven Latin American countries, with Mexico's Independence Day following on the 16th and Chile's on the 18th.

This nationally recognized month, which dedicates 30 days to celebrating Hispanic heritage, traces its roots back to 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the week of Sept. 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Week." Two decades later, President Ronald Reagan extended the celebration to a full month.

While the focus is on Hispanic heritage, everyone is encouraged to join in the festivities. Events are happening nationwide, including right here in Milwaukee.

Telemundo Wisconsin will broadcast its Friday, 11 a.m. news live from Helfaer Field, just outside American Family Field, to preview the Brewers' Cerveceros Night. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and you can expect comprehensive coverage on how to attend, the Latino-inspired festivities and the players who will contribute to the celebration.

As you plan your weekend, don't miss the UMOS Mexican Independence Day Parade on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. from the UMOS Center on 2701 South Chase Avenue. Following the parade, there will be a festival from noon to 8 p.m. with free entry.

Also, mark your calendar for the "El Grito" celebration on Sunday, commemorating Father Miguel Hidalgo's rallying cry in 1810 against Spanish rule. This event takes place at Zócalo Food Truck from 12 to 6 p.m. and is free to attend.

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Telemundo Wisconsin and CBS 58 will feature stories highlighting Hispanic heritage, with updates every Tuesday. Join us in celebrating this vibrant and rich culture.

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