The annual “Salsa on the Square” will again liven up downtown Gettysburg with music, food, dancing and other activities on Friday, September 8, from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. To make room for the celebration Carlisle Street will be closed to traffic in the block from the square to the railroad tracks.

The festivity opens at 5:30 p.m. with food and drink available at stands set up by Casa de la Cultura, El Costeno, the College Servo Express, and the Ragged Edge. Again a major attraction of the evening will be the live music of Hector Rosado and his band, the Orquestra A-CHE. Also interspersed throughout the evening will be music presented by the DJ Solainda.

Dancing will be another feature during the evening hours as people young and old come out on Carlisle Street in front of the stage to dance to the music. For the delight of dancers, maybe the Gigantona will appear again! Students from Gettysburg College will be offering activities for children.

An important part of the festivity will be a pronouncement by the Gettysburg Borough Mayor, Ted Streeter, of “Hispanic Heritage Day,” a time that recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to culture in the United States. Salsa on the Square, inspired several years ago by the connections created by Project Gettysburg/León between people of Gettysburg and León, Nicaragua, soon found support from a variety of community groups and from hundreds of attendees.