U.S. Independence Day is not observed officially in Costa Rica, but the holiday does have an impact.
Companies with dealings in the United States might find that key contacts have given themselves a long weekend. And the U.S. Embassy staff here also is observing the holiday Friday even though the July 4 date falls on Saturday.
Some A.M. Costa Rica readers have sent notifications that they are on vacation at the end of this week.
For Costa Ricans, Friday marks the beginning of the two-week mid-year public school vacation which carries a lot more weight than Independence Day.
Some tourism operators are expecting additional business during the vacation. Some parents schedule vacations to coincide with their youngsters’ holidays.
On a more somber note, this year’s July 4 holiday has raised concerns about terror attacks in major U.S. cities. Some arrests have been made in the New York area.