The July 4 party will take place on that day here

The American Colony Committee has quietly posted an invitation to U.S. citizens for the annual July 4 picnic. The day is a Saturday, but the committee said it still will be able to use the Cervercería Costa Rica grounds just off the General Cañas Autopista west of San José.

Once again, U.S. citizens will be able to bring a Costa Rica friend to the picnic, said the Web page. Citizenship is checked at the gate, but those doing the checking have been known to be generous in the past.

Picnic organizers have been criticized for restricting the event to U.S. citizens and their immediate families until the policy changes several years ago. Admission is listed as 5,000 colons this year with children under 5 entering under the parent’s admission.

The American Colony Committee seeks to provide an Independence Day holiday primarily for the children of expats who grow up far way from the U.S. Main Street. A central event is the 11 a.m. raising of the U.S. Flag by Marines stationed at the july4050715embassy. There also are hot dogs, beer and cotton candy. Organizers promise Nathan dogs this year.

Visitors also will see cheerleaders, square dancers and plenty of games for children.

Uncle Sam will make the rounds after the flag-raising.

The picnic starts at 9 a.m. and wraps up at 1 p.m. in deference to the anticipated afternoon rains.

There are special rules for those who drive posted on the Web site.

The picnic is paid for mainly by donations. Committee members will be soliciting from expats and businesses. Contact information is on the Web site.

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