Tourism operators are hoping for a successful weekend if Costa Ricans take advantage of the Friday holiday to travel.
Friday is May Day, a legal holiday, and most of the public attention is directed at the legislature and President Luis Guillermo Solís who is scheduled to make a speech.
There also is a parade downtown.
Citizens who have little interest in current affairs or politics are expected to head for their favorite vacation spot for three days of relaxation.
That generally means the beaches or the mountains. For others, the day is one where they can enjoy the offerings of the Festival Internacional de la Artes at selected venues around the valley.
Traffic officials have eliminated the license plate prohibition for Friday, but with a major march through the heart of the city, savvy drivers will stay away anyway.
The U.S. Embassy and probably others will be closed that day.
The weather, which has produced afternoon downpours in the Central Valley also has been hot and sticky, a good reason for an out-of-town vacation.
A.M. Costa Rica’s offices in Barrio Otoya will be closed Friday, but the newspaper will be published that morning.