Costa Rica News & Events – Every year, the American Colony Committee organizes an Independence Day picnic for US citizens and their immediate families. On the 4th of July, people gather on the Cerveceria’s grassy grounds in Alajuela with a traditional picnic celebration.
2014 will mark the 54th celebration, begun by a small group of US expats in the mid 1900s. The picnic is similar to a country fair and more than 3,500 guests are expected this year. Carnival rides and live music are the hits of the celebration, this year the J.R. Blues band and the Mustang65 cover band will take the stage to liven the day.
Participants pay $10 admission and food, games, rides and much more is free. Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand, Pepsi and the Imperial tents provide unlimited food and drinks. Yes, you read that correctly: unlimited beer for the duration of the event!
But before you start drinking, be sure to enjoy the raising of the US Flag by the US Marine Corps in a commemorative ceremony. The Costa Rica Symphonic Band will play the Star-Spangled Banner, before everyone gets back to the party.
The party starts at 9am and officials encourage each US citizen to bring a local friend or family member. Lines start to grow about 15 minutes before the event, so be sure to get there early to enjoy the event. Parking is not available at or near the picnic site but there is free, secure parking in Belen with free shuttle service throughout the day.
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