RAHWAY, NJ - Rahway will be the site of Union County's first "Hispanic Heritage Celebration" later this month.

The city and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have invited people to attend the Sept. 23 event, taking place from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street.

The event will be free and open to the general public.

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"Attendees are invited to explore the richness of the Hispanic culture through music, art and entertainment, featuring a performance by the Mike Ramirez Salsa Band," said the county. It said "local leaders" will be honored during the event for their community achievements.

“Now more than ever, it is important to celebrate the diversity and cultural ties that builds a strong, inclusive community,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, who is of Salvadoran-American descent. “Hispanics continue to make major contributions in all aspects of our culture, and continue to be progressive trailblazers.”

Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada, who is also Hispanic, was the first Cuban-American elected to the freeholder board.

The event is being coordinated through the County’s Office of Community Engagement and Diversity, which is part of Granados’ 2018 “Moving Union County Forward” initiatives.