Independence Day organizers post schedule to Web site

The American Colony Committee has refreshed it Web site with a schedule of Independence Day activities.

The expat committee said that the event would include the traditional Uncle Sam parade and flag ceremony, which will include performances by the University of Costa Rica band and a special appearance by the Western Kentucky University Band.

The committee is trying to reach all U.S. citizens to remind them that the July 4 event this year will be at Avenida Escazú instead of the usual Cervercería Costa Rica recreational area west of San José. Avenida Escazú is a shopping complex south of the Autopista Próspero Fernández and Hospital CIMA. The road also is called by the new name of Autopista del Sol.

Free parking and shuttle bus service to and from the celebration will be available at Ferretería EPA and at the Plaza Itskatzú shopping center, the committee said, noting that a map had been posted.

The event this year begins at 4 p.m. with a magic show for kids. The Coffee Pickin’ Square Dancers will be back and perform at 5 p.m. The flag parade with Uncle Sam is at 5:45 p.m., and the traditional flag ceremony by the U.S. Marine Corps is at 6:15 p.m.

U.S. Ambassador Anne Slaughter Andrew is scheduled to speak with other shortly thereafter.

The climax, something that has not been possible before, is a fireworks show at 7:30 p.m.

Previous picnics were held in the morning.

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