A red, white and blue weekend

The weekend is one for celebration, ranging from an Independence Day animal benefit in Atenas to the the annual U.S. expat picnic Sunday and to a host of private events in San José and on the Pacific coast.

Today also is Canada Day, but the Canadian Club of Costa Rica’ said that it has planned no special observance and encourages Canadians to celebrate the nation’s 149th birthday in their own way.

The U.S. Embassy hosted an Independence Day reception for Costa Rican friends and diplomats Thursday with an emphasis on national parks in both countries.

The Atenas event Saturday is put on by individuals to benefit a local animal clinic. Details are HERE! The organizers also said they plan to mark Canada Day, which is today.

The Sunday picnic usually attracts 3,000 persons to the Cervercería Costa Rica picnic grounds west of San José.

More details on that are HERE!

The American Colony Committee that organizes the picnic also said that Avenida Escazú, the shopping complex, plans a fireworks display Sunday night starting at 6 p.m.

Independence Day really is Monday, and the U.S. Embassy will be closed that day. But all of the one reported activities are on the weekend.

The Sportsmen’s Lodge has announced an Independence Day party all day Saturday with dancing and music in the evening. The location is in San José.

Croc’s Casino Resort in Jacó plans what is being called an all-American weekend starting today and running through Tuesday.

Fireworks also are planned there.

Formula Kart, the restaurant and go-kart facility in Curridabat, also said it plans a celebration.

Los Sueños Resort and Marina, also on the central Pacific coast in Playa Herradura, is planning a celebration on Monday, starting at 2 p.m. with face painting for kids. Fireworks are promised at 7 p.m.

Other restaurants and nightspots that cater to U.S. tourists and expats also plan activities.

For those insisting on a more relaxed celebration absent eating, drinking and dancing, local theaters are showing ”Independence Day: Resurgence.

This is a sequel to the 1996 movie. Sneaky predatory aliens are confronted and beaten again.

U.S. Marines present the colors Thursday at an Independence Day bash put on by the U.S. Embassy.

U.S. Marines present the colors Thursday at an Independence Day bash put on by the U.S. Embassy.

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