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Independence Day
US Virgin Islands

Independence Day 2019 and 2020

All US holidays are also territorial holidays in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), including US Independence Day on 4 July. But 3 July is also a holiday in USVI, called Emancipation Day. The two holidays are blended together and united by the overall theme of freedom in the minds of USVI residents.

YearDateDayHoliday
20194 JulThuIndependence Day
20204 JulSatIndependence Day

On 3 July, 1848, slavery was finally abolished on the Danish West Indies, which today are called the US Virgin Islands. A conch shell is blown every year in Saint John’s to announce anew the end of bondage, and there are dances, speeches, and a host of other commemorative activities as well.

On 4 July, the celebration of freedom continues. A large Independence Day parade ensues by Cruz Bay, and then fireworks light up the sky. Barbecues, swimming at the beaches, and general fun and excitement continue all day long.

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