Enjoying Four Freedoms Park as Hispanic Heritage Month 2023 Begins


A perfect Saturday afternoon in FDR Four Freedoms State Park lit up installations saluting Hispanic Heritage Month. Relaxing in the meadow in Adirondack chairs enhanced that sun-drenched, breezy day.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Hola, New York!

The salute in FDR Four Freedoms State Park begins with a salute: a “Thank You” to the original community on which New York City was built.

Did you know that we’re kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month? That’s right—this isn’t just any day in September. It’s a time to celebrate all things Hispanic and Latinx, from the vibrant cultures and rich histories to the invaluable contributions made by Hispanic Americans.

Hispanic Heritage Month Display

Now, you may be thinking. “Hispanic Heritage Month? Isn’t that like trying to squeeze the entire Star Wars saga into one movie?”

The monumental steps in the park have honored many things. As of this week, it’s home for Hispanic culture.

Well, yes and no. While it’s true that the Hispanic and Latinx cultures are as vast as the galaxy (and just as intriguing), Hispanic Heritage Month is more like a highlight reel—the best of the best, if you will.

From September 15 to October 15, the city that never sleeps turns into the city that never stops celebrating. And why should it? With a heritage as diverse and dynamic as this, there’s plenty to celebrate.

But let’s not forget how it all started. Back in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Week was born—a time to honor Hispanic Americans for their contributions to society. Fast forward to today, and we’ve got a month-long fiesta on our hands. Talk about an upgrade!

And boy, does New York know how to throw a party. With free events, and programs for all ages, the Big Apple is pulling out all the stops this Hispanic Heritage Month. So whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in Hispanic culture, learn something new, or simply enjoy some delicious food (hello, tacos!), there’s something for everyone.

So come on, New York. Let’s salsa our way into Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrate the vibrant tapestry of Hispanic and Latinx cultures. After all, in the words of the great Selena Quintanilla, “Bidi bidi bom bom!”

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