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Mocko Jumbies at Christiansted National Historic Site, St. Croix, USVI
Transfer Day - Pearl B. Larsen Quadrille Dancers

March 31st is recognized every year in the U.S. Virgin Islands as Transfer Day, commemorating the day that the Danish West Indies were formally ceded to the United States by Denmark, becoming the U.S. Virgin Islands. Transfer Day is an official territory holiday on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. Transfer Day also recognizes the islands’ Danish past, and is often used to celebrate the diverse cultural heritage found on the islands from their original indigenous inhabitants, to the Europeans, Africans, Americans, and other islanders that make the U.S. Virgin Islands home. 

On St. Croix, Transfer Day is also celebrated as ‘Danish Heritage Day’ under the sponsorship of St. Croix Landmarks Society and St. Croix Friends of Denmark Society. The Lawaetz Family Museum north of Frederiksted is open to the public at no charge on Transfer Day and hosts a celebration that includes speeches, cultural music and dancing, and the opportunity to connect with visiting Danes. Additional Transfer Day events have been held on St. Croix at Estate Whim Museum and the Christiansted National Historic Site, both featuring lectures, speeches, and exhibitions, as well as cultural music and dance performances. For details on the upcoming Transfer Day events, please visit our Calendar of Events.

History of Transfer Day, St. Croix, USVI

 

Centennial Commemoration of Transfer Day 

2017 marks the Transfer Day Centennial Commemoration, and special events will be held throughout St. Croix and the USVI. Please see our Transfer Day Centennial Commemoration page for details on the special events being help throughout the year to celebrate this important occasion.

 

 

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      Transfer Day Signing Transfer Day Centennial Commemoration
      March 31, 1917 - Transfer Day in Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI A History of Transfer Day

 

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