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.
St. Thomas Carnival Calypso Spectakula /Last Lap – 10:00 pm in Carnival Village on the island St. Thomas. Calypso Spectakula /Last Lap celebrates when Carnival Village officially closes at midnight however partiers still have a little more time to enjoy the celebration as the music continues until 3:00 am. So from 10:00 pm until 3:00 am you have the Last Lap!
St. Thomas Children’s Carnival Parade – 10:00am on Main Street on the island of St. Thomas, Children’s Carnival Parade is the big show for children of the island. Toddlers to teens the children are dressed in bright, shiny, colorful costumes depicting everything from clowns, indians, fantasy, sea animals and more. They twirl, perform and dance from Rothschild Francis Square down Main Street to Lionel Roberts Stadium. Many school groups participate, often including the schools steel pan or other musical group.
St. Thomas Carnival Roas-a-Time or J’ouvert – Veterans Drive on the island of St. Thomas @ 4:00am. This is one of the most popular events of Carnival. It is an early morning party as thousands of people dance through the streets behind their favorite bands while others stand on the side and enjoying the music.
St. Thomas Carnival – Emancipation Garden, on the island of St. Thomas @ 8:00am. Enjoy this Cultural Fair, a day long celebration of island food! A variety of booths sell different local dishes, deserts, drinks and fruits. Also available are plants, arts and crafts. Booths and tables are organized by individuals, schools, churches and businesses. Dishes you might sample include kallalloo, conch, fried fish, johnny cakes, pate, coconut tart, tamarind stew, cakes, passionfruit juice, ginger beer and so much more. Some of the deserts and preserves you will only find during Carnival and the holidays, so this is your chance. You will also find handmade dolls, wooden crafts, handmade jerwerly, beads, clothing and other items. The event includes music and entertainment – usually traditional dance performances. It is an event worth attending in order to sample Virgin Islands culture.