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America’s birthday is this Sunday. Expats looking to celebrate America's birthday in Costa Rica have options.
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Published Friday, July 2, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

America’s birthday is this Sunday. The celebration of independence from England is one of the most anticipated days of the year when expats meet again with friends residing in Costa Rica. Due to the pandemic, this is the second year there will be no U.S.-sanctioned speeches, parties, concerts, picnics, hotdogs or beer to commemorate Independence Day in Costa Rica as it has been celebrated in the past.

The U.S. Embassy and Consular Section will be closed on Monday to mark the 245 anniversary of the independence of the United States of America. The diplomatic headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, resuming normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, it is expected for the U.S. Embassy to give a message on Sunday via their social media to their fellow expats residing in the country and to all Costa Rican friends.

There is still no information on the arrival of the next U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica. On Tuesday, June 16, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Cynthia Ann Telles, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, as Ambassador to Costa Rica.

Also, the American Colony Committee confirmed that this year the highly expected fireworks party at Avenida Escazú will not take place for a second year in a row.

Now, for the good news. Expats looking to celebrate America's birthday in Costa Rica have options.

On Saturday and Sunday the Los Sueños Marina, in Herradura Beach, Puntarenas Province, is hosting a party. There are options of lunch or dinner from an American menu. Two of their restaurants, Dolce Vita and Lanterna, will offer popular American dishes such as BBQ ribs, pulled pork, street corn and potato salad. The meals range in pricing from $15 to $30. The night will end with a fan-favorite spectacle of fireworks. Make reservations by calling 2630-4050.

On Sunday, in Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste Province, the party is at Margaritaville Beach Resort. The shindig starts with a Happy Hour From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening will continue with BBQ food, a live concert with Charly López and end with a fireworks show. Price per person is $28. Make reservations by calling 2654-4444.

On Sunday, at another popular beach along the Pacific Coast is the Marina Pez Vela, in Quepos Beach, where the party starts at 1 p.m. An American menu will be offered at Runaway Grill or Double Hook Sports Bar. The show includes DJ, live music and fireworks. Make reservations by calling 2774-9000.

And for those city dwellers, on Sunday the Tap House Restaurant will offer the "All-American Special" including cheeseburgers, chili cheese dogs, and lager beer. The restaurant is located at Avenida Escazu Commercial Center, San José Province. Reserve your table by calling 2100-8447.

Remember the sanitary guidelines to avoid contagion of covid-19, such as keeping 6-feet social distance, mandatory use of a mask outside of restaurants, among other guidelines. Following health guidelines will remain important in keeping us, our families and our community as safe as possible.

Happy birthday America!

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