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Hispanic Heritage

     Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

     The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
    The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

     In 2022, for the first time in the history of Grapevine, Hispanic Heritage was celebrated with a festival and other ancillary activities. Celebra, which means "to celebrate" in Spanish, set the stage for a family friendly community event to promote unity, diversity, educate regarding the cultural differences between Latin American countries, and build bridges.                                                               

While specific contributions of the Latino/Hispanic community in Grapevine, Texas, may vary, the Latino/Hispanic population in general makes valuable contributions to the growth and vibrancy of the community.

  1. Cultural Diversity: The Latino/Hispanic community brings rich cultural traditions, customs, and celebrations to Grapevine. They contribute to the city's cultural diversity by sharing their language, music, dance, art, and cuisine, enhancing the local cultural fabric.

  2. Workforce and Economy: Latino/Hispanic residents in Grapevine actively participate in the local workforce, contributing to various industries such as hospitality, construction, healthcare, retail, and more. They often fill essential roles, contribute to economic growth, and help drive the local economy.

  3. Entrepreneurship: Many members of the Latino/Hispanic community in Grapevine are entrepreneurs, starting their own businesses and contributing to the local business landscape. Their entrepreneurial spirit brings innovation, job opportunities, and economic development to the city.

  4. Education and Advocacy: Latino/Hispanic residents in Grapevine actively engage in education and advocacy efforts. They support initiatives that promote equal access to quality education, advocate for educational resources, and encourage academic achievement among students from all backgrounds.

  5. Community Engagement: The Latino/Hispanic community in Grapevine actively participates in community events, organizations, and initiatives. They contribute to volunteer efforts, serve on local boards and committees, and play an active role in shaping the community's social fabric.

  • Texas ranks #2 in total Hispanic population among states in the U.S.  

  • The Texas Hispanic population increased by 21 percent since 2010.

  • Mexicans are the largest ethnic group in Texas representing 83% (9.5 million) of the population. Other ethnic groups such as Salvadorans, Puerto Ricans, Hondurans, and Guatemalans have populations of over 100,000 each.

  • Fifteen percent (15%) of Hispanics 25 years and older have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher, representing a 36% increase since 2010.

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the
    current labor force participation rate of Hispanics
    was among the highest at 66%.

Source: 2020 Census Data


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