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To Do in RI: June is Portuguese Heritage Month, RI Day of Portugal, PALCUS




In Rhode Island, Day of Portugal has been celebrated since 1978 marking 2024 our 47th Year. Each second Saturday and Sunday in June, RI Day of Portugal brings on a Festival with Entertainment of musical artists from our community and Portugal, Portuguese food, traditional folklore, and a parade.

The “Day of Portugal” is a holiday celebrated every year on June 10th in every corner of the Portuguese-speaking world. Officially known as “Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas” (Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities), June 10th commemorates the death of the revered Portuguese poet, Luís Vaz de Camões in 1580. Camões is best known for his epic poem, Os Lusíadas, which is a tribute to the golden age of Portugal’s maritime exploration and discoveries.

There have been flag raisings happening throughout Rhode Island, as The RI Day of Portugal makes their kick-off rounds. For more local Rhode Island events, go to RI Day of Portugal website or their FACEBOOK page


PALCUS – The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS)

PALCUS is thrilled to announce that June has been officially recognized as Portuguese Heritage Month on the National Day Calendar. This monumental recognition highlights the significant contributions and rich cultural heritage of the Portuguese-American community across the nation.

The designation of June as Portuguese Heritage Month is a celebration of the vibrant culture, traditions, and History of Portugal and its diaspora. Throughout the month, various events and activities will take place to honor the Portuguese iNFLuence in the United States, from traditional music and dance performances to culinary festivals and historical exhibitions.

Portuguese immigrants and their descendants have played a crucial role in the development and enrichment of American society. From the early explorers who navigated the seas to the entrepreneurs, artists, and public servants who contribute to our communities today, the Portuguese-American story is one of resilience, innovation, and cultural pride.

PALCUS has been at the forefront of advocating for the recognition and celebration of Portuguese heritage. As a national organization, PALCUS works tirelessly to promote the interests of Portuguese-Americans and ensure that their contributions are acknowledged and celebrated. The official recognition of Portuguese Heritage Month is a testament to the hard work and dedication of PALCUS and its supporters.

“This recognition is a significant milestone for the Portuguese-American community,” said Katherine Soares, Chairperson of PALCUS. “We are proud to see the rich heritage of Portugal celebrated and acknowledged on a national level. This month provides an opportunity for all Americans to learn about and appreciate the unique cultural contributions of the Portuguese-American community.”

To learn more about the events and activities planned for Portuguese Heritage Month, please visit the PALCUS website at or the National Day Calendar at


The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) is a national organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of the Portuguese-American community. Through advocacy, Education, and community engagement, PALCUS works to ensure that the contributions of Portuguese-Americans are recognized and celebrated.

PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991 as a non-partisan, non-profit, organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American Community.

The Council conducts an expanding program of Educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.

PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advances the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the IRS tax code and incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia. Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.

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