This is a week of national celebrations

Today is the 147th anniversary of the confederation of Canadian provinces, and it is celebrated as Canada Day

Friday, of course, is U.S. Independence Day, and the Community Action Alliance in San Ramón will be marking both days together with a July 4 potluck lunch.

In San José, Canadians opted for quiet celebration instead of the usual picnic. U.S. expats, of course, have the Independence celebration at the Cervercería de Costa Rica picnic grounds west of town July 4.

The San Ramón organization said that its event begins at noon at Los Abuelos and that those who will attend should make a reservation by this email:

In San José the American Colony Committee said that each U.S. citizen can bring one Costa Rican friend. The event starts at 9 a.m., and the traditional flag raising by the Marines based at the U.S. Embassy is at 11 a.m.

Admission is $10 or 5,000 colons, the committee said. More information is on the organization’s Web page:

John Kerry issued a Canada Day statement Monday in which he said that the United States and Canada share a long and productive history and a common democratic heritage. Americans are proud to share not just borders, but values with the great nation of Canada.

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