July 2013 brings festivals and international events to the island. July 4 sends the crowds to the beach, a global congress brings salseros to San Juan, and a traditional festival in Loíza celebrates the island's African heritage.
- The Puerto Rico Salsa Congress is the biggest salsa event in the world, and takes place from July 22-26 in San Juan.
- Discover Loíza's deep African roots and culture at the colorful Fiestas Tradicionales de Santiago Apóstol.
- July 4: Admittedly, the U.S. and Puerto Rico have an unusual relationship, and Puerto Rico is not a state as yet; however, if you want to spend July 4th here, here are a few ideas on how to enjoy the holiday.
- July 4-6: Salinas honors its very own delectable contribution to Puerto Rican cuisine with the Festival del Mojo Isleño, a sauce created by a local resident Euladia Correa in the 1940s. Mojo isleño is made with olives, peppers, and garlic, among other seasonings, and is typically used in seafood. The festival celebrates the cuisine and culture of Puerto Rico, and will showcase the work of over 120 artisans.
- July 8-13: If the NBA season didn't satisfy your thirst for basketball, head to the Puerto Rico Convention Center in Miramar, San Juan, for the Jeep Basketball Junior Olympics.
- July 16-20: Vieques Island celebrates its annual patron saint festival, with fireworks every night and a carnival on Sunday.
- July 18-July 20: Loíza has an interesting and symbolic festival, known as the Fiestas Tradicionales de Santiago Apóstol, which celebrates the African heritage of the town and the island. You can catch folk and religious ceremonies, including costumes, masks and bomba dancers.
- July 22-26: The Puerto Rico Salsa Congress gathers together salseros from around the world. Now in its 17th year, the congress features exhibitions by professional and international dancers, nightly dances, workshops, and some of the best salsa bands on Earth.