MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, 2015.

This month-long celebration recognizes the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. It was first recognized in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson.

In the Myrtle Beach area, numerous businesses are run by Hispanic Americans, while their culture is displayed in a number of different family-friendly festivals.

"The contributions to not only our Myrtle Beach area community, but the nation as a whole, from Hispanic Americans cannot be overstated," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. "They are simply one heritage in a melting pot of numerous cultures whose legacies and traditions have shaped the Grand Strand into the destination and community that it is today. The number of Hispanic American visitors continues to grow, and we are happy to see those families enjoy everything the Myrtle Beach area has to offer."

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