Not only are Thursday and next Friday legal holidays, but the following Wednesday, April 11, is one, too. It is the anniversary of the Battle of Rivas, Nicaragua, in which the Costa Rican army emerged victorious over the force loyal to William Walker, the U.S. filibusterer.
Public school students will mark the day April 10 because the following day is a holiday. However, many students will be marching in parades. The big one is in Alajuela because that was the hometown of Juan Santamaría, the hero of the battle, who died igniting an enemy stronghold.