Juan Santamaria Day
When: April 11 (all day event)
Juan Santamaria day, celebrated on April 11th, is a public holiday that commemorates one of Costa Rica's most famous national heroes. Parades, civic programs and fireworks will occur throughout the country to honor the nation’s hero, Juan Santamaria, who helped Costa Rica defeat William Walker and the invading Filibusters, confirming the country's sovereignty. The majority of businesses and government offices will be closed.