Transfer Day is celebrated by the U.S. Virgin Islands on March 31st each year, commemorating the day that the Danish West Indies were formally ceded to the United States by Denmark, consequently becoming the U.S. Virgin Islands. St. Croix celebrates its Danish past on Transfer Day, as well as the diverse cultural heritage found on the islands. Our heritage is a blend as a result of the people that make the U.S. Virgin Islands home including the original indigenous inhabitants, Europeans, Africans, Americans, and other islanders. Transfer Day is also an official territory holiday on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John.
Commemorations and Celebrations:
The St. Croix Landmarks Society and St. Croix Friends of Denmark Society, also sponsor a Transfer Day celebration of ‘Danish Heritage Day’ here on St. Croix. 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, as well as the opportunity to connect with visiting Danes. Estate Whim Museum and the Christiansted National Historic Site host additional Transfer Day events, both featuring lectures, speeches, and exhibitions, as well as cultural music and dance performances. So, visit our Calendar of Events for details on the upcoming Transfer Day events.