Tuesday is a legal holiday, the Día de Independencia. Many retail outlets will be open, but government offices and embassies will be closed.
The holiday marks the country’s 194 years of freedom from Spanish rule. There will be parades, but there also is the annual meeting of the president’s cabinet Monday night in Cartago, the original capital.
The U.S. Embassy announced that it would be closed, as it is for all U.S. and Costa Rican holidays.
Some government workers will enjoy a four-day weekend starting this evening because they will take a vacation day Monday. Others will just call in sick.