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.
Summer months are a popular time to go on a family vacation because kids are out of school. But did you know that summer is also one of the best months to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands? Read perks of visiting St. John in June.
Weather in St. John
June is the perfect time to plan your trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, especially St. John. Weather is most mild between April and June, meaning temperatures won’t be too high yet. With an average high of 89 degrees and an average low of 76 degrees, weather in St. John in June is just right. Did we mention June also has among the lowest rain fall? Plan an early summer vacation and miss hurricane season!
Booking Hotels in St. John
Despite the perfect weather and little precipitation, April to June are some of the slower tourist months for hotels and resorts. Even better for you! This means beaches will be less crowded and room rates are likely to drop this time of year. Book your hotels and resorts in St. John while prices are low!
St. John Festival
The festival season in St. John celebrates and showcases the best aspects of Caribbean culture at the St. John Festival. Each year has a different theme and lasts for an entire month with various activities. The festival’s activities conclude on the 4th of July with a parade and an evening of fireworks.
Young or old, there are activities for all! Music is a must throughout the entire month. Also the mocko jumbie, ghost-like figure, makes an appearance. Make plans for visiting St. John in June and help us celebrate our Caribbean heritage!
What are you waiting for? Get your ducks in a row, so you’re visiting St. John in June of next year.
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.