Each island has it’s own unique culture and activities, but this might be one of the most interesting longstanding pastimes for islanders and tourists alike.When you are looking for things to see in St. Croix, seriously consider crab racing! Here’s why:
If you find yourself spending 4th of July in the U.S. Virgin Islands you must make plans to celebrate the holiday with us! Here’s how 4th of July in the U.S. Virgin Islands is celebrated a little bit differently on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.
4th of July in St. Croix:
The island of St. Croix generally celebrates on the afternoon of July 4th from into the early morning of Sunday July 5th. Join revelers in Frederiksted, which is the heart of St. Croix, for music, food, fun and of course a stunning fireworks extravaganza.
4th of July in St. John:
4th of July in the U.S. Virgin Islands might be best spent in St. John. On the nearby island of St. John, the day is full of celebrations starting very early morning (Yes…VERY early a.m). Starting before the sun rises at Cruz Bay, J’ouvert is a large Carnival street party and parade that begins well before dawn on the morning of July 4th. The energetic celebration includes costumed dancers and calypso bands and dancing until the sun comes up!
Then in Cruz Bay is the biggest event of the St. John Festival – the parade! See mocko jumbies, carnival royalty, listen to steel drum bands play while colorfully dancing troupes dance along. Some troupes include masqueraders wearing from the smallest costumes of bikinis with beads to elaborate, large costumes that stretch the width of the parade route. The parade route starts at the National Park Visitor Center entrance and runs through Cruz Bay.
4th of July in St. Thomas:
St. Thomas has perhaps the milder of celebrations on the 4th of July in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While festivities are more minimal, you can still expect to cap off the day of celebration with a grand fireworks display over the magnificent Cruz Bay harbor.
The U.S. Virgin Islands takes pride in being connected with the U.S. and the celebrations show. Plan your July vacation in advance by booking your hotels and resorts today.
Nothing beats a 360 degree view of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix that you get to experience from the sea. But before you set sail on the pearly blue, here’s a sneak peek on how to do cruises in the U.S. Virgin Islands:
When cruises port in St. Thomas, all of the activities and sites to see can be overwhelming. A popular spot to start at is the capital itself. Charlotte Amalie is the heart of activity and home to over 51,000 residents. While docked at this largely mountainous city, you can enjoy hikes along the beaches or through historic homes and inns with panoramic views of the whole island and ocean wherever you look. For those who want to spend even more time on the water, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing and fishing are options as well.
Perhaps the most special things about cruises in the U.S. Virgin Islands is having different things to do on each island. Unlike the other islands, St. John houses the Virgin Islands National Park. It protects over 7,000 acres of its 12,5000 acres making up the entire island. Also, hiking trails and tours through the historic sugar plantation ruins are another fun and interesting change in scenery. Aside from nature, Cruz Bay and Coral Bay are very popular stops due to the shopping, restaurants and fantastic views. So as you can see, this island offers something for everyone.
When your cruise ship reaches St. Croix, be sure to take in the breathtaking views. Being the largest island, it is 84 square miles total and houses three national parks. As you can imagine, there is a variety of nature things to partake in, such as marine gardens and pre-historic ruins. Also, you can take a load off and hit the green with a round of golf or enjoy jeep tours and a outdoor jazz concerts before you get back on the boat.
You won’t be disappointed on any of the cruises in the U.S. Virgin Islands. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong with any of our amazing islands! For more things to do in the U.S. Virgin Islands, click here.