Monthly Cultural Almanac: September 2019

September 4, 2019

The fall season officially begins in September, signaling the start of the school year for kids and a return to normal work routines for the rest of the country. Despite the end of lazy summer days, September is a great month for traveling! Crowds will be smaller, and the sunshine and warm weather remain for most of the month.

National Grandparents Day

September 8 - Even Grandma and Grandpa have a special day! National Grandparents Day is a secular holiday celebrated in the United States since 1978 on the first Sunday after Labor Day in September. Many people honor their grandparents by giving gifts and cards. Some children can invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or assembly programs.

Patriot Day

September 11 - In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks of 2001. The flag of the United States is flown at half-staff at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments throughout the world. Flags are also encouraged to be displayed on individual American homes.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - This day is the start of an exciting celebration that lasts a whole month! National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group’s heritage and culture. It began as Hispanic Heritage Week, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Now a Month instead of a week, the annual National Hispanic celebration captures Mexico’s, Chile’s, and Belize’s independence days and now ends October 15. Click here to find a National Hispanic Heritage event near you!

Constitution Day

September 17 - The Constitution is one of America’s most important documents! Constitution Day is an American federal observance that honors the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia. The U.S. president may issue each year a proclamation calling on government officials to display the country’s flag on government buildings, as well as inviting the people to observe this event in schools, churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies.