The community of Nicoya plans eight days of festivities to mark the public holiday July 25. The holiday commemorates the vote by people of the region to affiliate with Costa Rica instead of Nicaragua in 1824.
The celebrations begin with a 10K race organized by the Liceo Nocturno de Nicoya Sunday, July 21.
The 25th, of course, is the day that President Laura Chinchilla, government ministers and others hold a cabinet meeting in the Parque Central de Nicoya. This is an annual tradition. This year there also will be Costa Rican bull fights that day and other events.
The day is a national holiday. The week ends with a battle of the street bands or cimarronas Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. and, among other events, marimbas, Sunday, July 28