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Montgomery County Executive Elrich to Recognize Start of ‘National Hispanic Heritage Month’ in a Series of Special Events

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 16, 2022

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will join in several special events as the County joins in the celebration of “National Hispanic Heritage Month” from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The events will recognize Latinos and Hispanic immigrants making important contributions to their communities.

Throughout the month, County Executive Elrich will be thanking the County’s community partners, businesses and other committed stakeholders.

“I wish all our Hispanic and Latino families and communities a ‘Happy Hispanic Heritage Month,’” said County Executive Elrich. “More than 200,000 Latinos call Montgomery County home. 40 percent of our foreign-born population are from Latin American and South American countries. Many of our Latino residents have been here for generations, others are new arrivals to our nation. All are respected, welcomed and embraced in this County. Over the next month, I encourage all Montgomery County residents to celebrate the vibrant cultures, rich histories, and important contributions from our Latino and Hispanic communities.”

National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. According to the 2020 Census, the Latino population in Montgomery County increased by 31.4 percent since 2010, making Hispanics or Latinos 20.5 percent (217,409) of the County’s total population.

Census statistics show Montgomery County is the No. 2 destination among all U.S. counties for immigrants from Bolivia and the No. 3 destination for immigrants from El Salvador.

Events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, will include:

  • County Executive Elrich will visit Latino-owned businesses across different regions of the County to highlight the Latino small business community on Friday, Sept.16; Friday, Sept. 23; Tuesday, Sept. 27; and Friday, Oct. 7 (times will vary each day).
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27. 2 p.m. County Executive Elrich will be a guest on the County’s long-standing Spanish language radio show Montgomery al Día. The show airs live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. on Radio América 900 AM. 
  • Saturday, Oct. 15. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Cultural Celebration Baila por la Vida (Dance for Life): Latin American Culture through its Music. Marian Fryer Town Plaza in Wheaton.

County Executive Elrich kicked-off Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 15 by issuing a proclamation to recognize the special month. The proclamation presentation video can be viewed at

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Release ID: 22-482
Media Contact: Lorna Virgili 240-277-8072
Categories: Holiday