U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica S. Fitzgerald Haney marked the 240th anniversary of U.S. independence alongside the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service at this year’s annual Fourth of July celebration, held at the ambassador’s residence in Escazú.
The national parks systems of Costa Rica and the United States were the focus of speeches Thursday, as dignitaries from both countries, along with several hundred guests, celebrated U.S. Independence Day — a few days early. Haney said conservation was one of many areas of mutual interest between both countries famous for their national parks.
“I see a similarity between the national park system and cooperation between both nations,” he said.
“With constant work and dedication, these spaces have been conserved and improved during the last 100 years. It is this commitment that will continue protecting and improving them for the next 100 years,” Haney said.
Haney also highlighted President Barack Obama’s designation of the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the country’s latest national monument and the first to honor the struggle for LGBT rights. Rainbow colors lit up the U.S. Embassy in San José in Pavas on Tuesday to mark LGBT pride month and honor the 49 people killed in an act of terrorism at a gay night club in Orlando earlier this month.