Patriotic expat celebrations

El Club de Yates de Balboa ofrece una celebración a orillas del Canal.

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During July, two important dates are celebrated by the inhabitants of Canada and the United States… “Canada Day” and the “4th of July”, which are also celebrated around the world by people of these nationalities living abroad.

“Canada Day” or “Fête du Canada”, is held every year on July 1, and is the national holiday of Canada, which commemorates the autonomy of Canada from the United Kingdom in 1867. This day Is often celebrated with parades and outdoor parties.

The Balboa Yacht Club offers a celebration on the Canal banks.

The Balboa Yacht Club offers a celebration on the Canal banks.

The “4th of July” is the day of national celebration commemorating the independence of the United States, whose declaration was signed on July 4, 1776, in which the country proclaimed its formal separation from the British Empire. It is usually celebrated with outdoor activities such as parades and fireworks displays.

In Panama, the expat communities unite to celebrate these two celebrations; Here are some recommendations to celebrate with family.

The “Pig Roast” is a common celebration on Canada Day.

The “Pig Roast” is a common celebration on Canada Day.

On Saturday, July 1, Salomon’s Deli & Restaurant will host a Canada-style celebration with a special menu with discounts of up to 50% on traditional Canadian dishes such as “Poutine” (made with fries, fresh cheese and meat sauce), white and red jelly shots, mini smoked meat sandwiches, mini “Peameal” bacon sandwiches and “Canadian Moscow Mules” (traditional vodka-based cocktails). The celebration will take place from 4 p.m. on the terrace of the restaurant. For more information and reservations, call 388-3354.

The Tiki Bar at Bahia, in Playa Serena, Gorgona, will celebrate Canada’s national day alongside US Independence Day on Saturday, July 1 with a beach party and a traditional “Pig Roast” (an event or gathering which involves the barbecuing of a whole hog). In addition they will have a bonfire during the night, a fireworks show, live music and free transport from Coronado. Admission is also free. For reservations call 6717-6629.

Fireworks are very common in this kind of celebration.

Fireworks are very common in this kind of celebration.

As for “4th of July” celebrations, a good option is the family barbecue at the Balboa Yacht Club, which will also take place on Saturday, July 1 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees can enjoy an authentic celebration on the banks of the Canal, with live music and special menu with promotions at the bar. This is an event organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars – VFW. Admission is free. For reservations call 314-0168.

Another very good option is the “July 4th celebration” at The Blarney Stone in Coronado, which is organizing an Independence Day celebration that will take place on Tuesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. The celebration highlights live music by Jim Votaw’s band as well as a “4th of July” BBQ dinner for only $15 per person. In addition all United States brands of beer will be discounted. For more information and reservations call 389-5599

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