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St. John USVI Culture: Offical Holidays of the Virgin Islands

All Sundays are official holidays

January
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 6 - Three King's Day
Three King's Day commemorates the Three Wise Men, Melchior, Gaspar and Baltazar, who followed the star to Bethlehem, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Third Monday - Martin Luther King's Birthday
The Legislature of the Virgin Islands, by enacting Act No. 4239 on February 16, 1970, was the first jurisdiction under the United States flag to establish the birthday of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. as legal holiday

February
Third Monday - Presidents' Day

March
Last Monday - Transfer Day
On March 31, 1917, the United States purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.

April
Holy Thursday
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
"Easter is the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon. The Paschal Full Moon may occur from March 21 through April 18, inclusive. Thus the date of Easter is from March 22 through April 25, inclusive. The date of the Paschal full moon is determined from tables, and it may differ from the date of the the actual full moon by up to two days." Taken from a web page written by Marcos J. Montes.

May
Last Monday - Memorial Day

June
Third Monday - Organic Act Day
Virgin Islands constitution was created by the U.S. Congress

July
July 3 - Virgin Islands Emancipation Day
July 4 - U.S. Independence Day
Fourth Monday - Hurricane Supplication Day
Prayers are said to ask for protection from storms and a safe passage through the hurricane season.

September
First Monday - Labor Day

October
Second Monday - Columbus Day and Virgin Island, - Puerto Rico Friendship Day
Third Monday - Hurricane Thanksgiving Day
On this day we give thanks for the end of the hurricane season.

November
November 1 - Liberty Day - D. Hamilton Jackson -Bull and Bread Day -celebrated in honor of David Hamilton Jackson, born on St. Croix on September 28, 1884. Jackson established the first labor union in the Virgin Islands. He also founded the first newspaper in the Virgin Islands that was not published under the control of the government, which at the time was Danish. The first issue of The Herald hit the streets on November 1, 1915. The holiday is also called "Bull and Bread Day," celebrating a concession granted to the workers through collective bargaining: a day of free beef was given to the people by the planters, which was accompanied by bread baked by the laborers.

November 11 - Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday - Thanksgiving Day

December
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Boxing Day
Celebrates opening the alms boxes placed in churches over the Christmas season, the contents of which were distributed amongst the poor.