National Puerto Rican Day

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Get ready to shake your maracas and dance to the beat of the Puerto Rican drums, because we’re talking about National Puerto Rican Day! This day is so caliente, it lit up our website with a whopping 10682 mentions. Especially on June 9, 2019, when it danced its way to being one of the most mentioned days on the internet. No wonder–everyone wants a piece of this vibrant island festivity.

When is Puerto Rican Day?

It's national puerto rican day on the 9th June.

The Origins

No, National Puerto Rican Day didn't just pop up out of a piñata! It originated in New York City in 1958. The goal was to recognize the contributions of the Puerto Rican community to the city's dynamic culture. It has now expanded to a nationwide celebration, showcasing Puerto Rican culture and history in all its glory –think salsa music, delicious food, and colorful parades.

The Celebrations

On this day, you'll be drawn in by the rhythms of salsa, merengue, and reggaeton. You can't help but dance and revel in the rich musical offering. Don't forget to savor in the taste of Puerto Rico with foods like mofongo and pastelillos – all part of the cultural fiesta.

Famous Figures

National Puerto Rican Day also salutes the various Puerto Ricans who've made a name for themselves. The likes of Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and baseball player Roberto Clemente are all celebrated for their impact in their respective fields.

Join the Celebration

No need to book a flight to San Juan – you can join in locally. Remember, it's not just about food and dance; it's also about appreciating the rich Puerto Rican heritage, its resilience and contribution to the wider world.

History behind the term 'Puerto Rican'


The Spanish Encounter

In 1493, Puerto Rico was discovered by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to the Americas. He named the island San Juan Bautista, after John the Baptist.


The Founding of San Juan

In 1508, Juan Ponce de León established the first permanent settlement on the island, which later became known as San Juan.


The Spanish-American War

In 1898, Puerto Rico became a territory of the United States following the Spanish-American War. The Treaty of Paris ended Spanish colonization of the island and marked the beginning of American influence.


American Citizenship

In 1917, the Jones-Shafroth Act was signed, granting U.S. citizenship to all Puerto Ricans. This marked an important milestone in the political status of Puerto Rico.


Autonomous Government

In 1948, Puerto Rico adopted its own constitution under the Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act. This established a republican form of government and granted limited self-governance.


Commonwealth Status

In 1967, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth in association with the United States. This status allowed the island to have its own constitution and elect its own governor.


The Puerto Rican Diaspora

Throughout the years, Puerto Ricans have migrated to various parts of the United States, creating a significant diaspora. Cities like New York City have vibrant Puerto Rican communities, and Puerto Rican culture has influenced the broader American society.

Did you know?

Did you know that the world's largest single dish radio telescope is located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico? It was used in the climatic scenes of the James Bond movie, 'GoldenEye'. It's definitely a sight to see on your next National Puerto Rican Day-themed road trip!


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First identified

27th April 2015

Most mentioned on

9th June 2019

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