U.S. expats are hoping that the Veranillo de San Juan holds through Sunday so that the Independence Day picnic is not followed by rain.
The Veranillo de San Juan are those four to 10 days at the end of June when the rain slows down and sometimes stops, and the sun dominates. It is the last sunny break until December.
The picnic is Sunday, which is July 3, at the Cervercería de Costa Rica picnic grounds west of San José. This is the 56th annual edition. The highlight takes place when U.S. Marines raise the Stars and Stripes and the crowd sings the U.S. National Anthem.
But there also is many hot dogs and beer, of course. The idea started when U.S. expats here wanted to give their children a typical U.S. Fourth of July.
Organizers are not unaware of the weather, which is why the picnic is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are new provisions for parking this year, and there is a map available on the picnic Web page.
The American Colony Committee Web page is HERE!