News Articles About the 2016 Picnic

Don't miss A look back at a different world: Remembering the Fourth of July Picnic, 1965, a wonderful article by Jonathan Harris, published in The Tico Times on June 23, 2015.
The Tico Times
June 29, 2016

American Colony to host 56th annual
U.S. Independence Day picnic on Sunday

Patriotism never looked so adorable.
Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

For one day out of the year U.S. citizens and their Tico friends and families have a reasonable excuse to pig out on hot dogs, drink beer before noon, and get in ultra-competitive water balloon fights.

That day is soon approaching as the American Colony Committee hosts its 56th annual 4th of July picnic on Sunday.

Though the party technically falls on the 3rd this year, there will be no shortage of Independence Day spirit on hand for this year’s picnic, which will include a litany of family activities and games, as well as hot dogs and domestic 

A water balloon toss at the American Colony’s 2015 Independence Day picnic.
Alberto Font/The Tico Times


The picnic will again be held at Cervecería Costa Rica in Alajuela just off the General Cañas Highway (
see map for precise location). Event-goers can no longer park along the side of the road, but there will be safe parking off of the Río Segundo road with free shuttle bus service going to and from the entrance. Waze users can enter “2016 Picnic Parking” into the app for step-by-step directions, as well.



This year’s picnic is scheduled to run Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, with the all-important flag raising ceremony happening at 11 a.m. There will be a post-picnic fireworks show at 6 p.m. on Avenida Escazú.


Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times


The picnic is open to all U.S. citizens and their immediate families. Each U.S. citizen is allowed to bring one Costa Rican friend. U.S. citizens must show their passports and Ticos must show their cédula at the entrance.

A donation of ₡5,000, or $10, is collected at the entrance. All drinks, food, and games are included in the admission. Children 5 and under get in free.


This year’s live music comes courtesy of the band CRC. On the dance floor, the Coffee Pickin’ Squares will also be keeping the crowd entertained with square dancing.
Other activities include face painting, water balloon contests, volleyball and sack races.
For more information, please visit the American Colony Committee
website. And don’t forget to check out the event program!


Alberto Font/The Tico Times
June 30, 2016

Good weather likely for expat picnic 

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

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