July 4th Celebration
Last year, as many of you living in Costa Rica might know, for the first time in almost 50 years, the 4th of July picnic was canceled. This was very disappointing to all of us that meet many of our friends there each year.
Approximately 3500 expats attend this celebration each year and many plan their vacations around this event. I know our family never misses it as many of our friends.
You must have a US passport to enter the grounds where it is held. So only Americans or spouses of Americans are permitted to enter provided you have a US passport.
This year the fun is back on and I’m sure it will be great fun as always for everyone. Besides all the hot dogs and beer you can consume, there are games for the little kids. There is enough cotton candy and frozen yogurt to keep the kids on a sugar high for the balance of the day.
I think the highlight each year is when the Marines come out in all of their uniforms and straight faced look to raise the flag and sing the US National Anthem.
It still brings a tear to my eye, each year, when thousands of people gather to celebrate their heritage in another country.
We are still, very much, Patriots even though we live in Costa Rica. Don’t let the term “Ex-Patriots” fool you for a minute. Ex-pats as we are called only means that we are citizens living outside of our home country. It in no way implies that we are no longer patriots or followers of our country as you can see each year at this fabulous event.
Hope to see you there!