Today is Labor Day in the United States, a legal holiday and the traditional end to Northern Hemisphere summer.
The U.S. Embassy reported it would be closed today, as it is for all U.S. and Costa Rican holidays. The embassy said Labor Day celebrates the U.S., labor movement and the social and economic progress enjoyed by workers there. The day was celebrated first in New York City in 1882, the embassy said.
The day is in contrast with international labor day, celebrated May 1 in Costa Rica and much of the world every year. That is considered a celebration of socialism.