Special Emphasis Program Observances
The following observances take place each year and are mandated through Presidential Executive Orders.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – (January)
African American History - (February)
Women's History – (March)
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – (May)
Womens Equality Day - (August)
Hispanic Heritage – (September 15 – October 15)
- Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 because this day marks the anniversary of independence for five Hispanic countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Other Hispanic American Countries of Origin are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and Spain. In addition, on September 16, 1810, Mexico proclaimed independence from Spain on September 16, 1810, but acquired their independence in 1821.
Disability Employment Awareness – (October)
Native American Heritage – (November)