Transfer Day (U.S. Virgin Islands)

Transfer Day is a public holiday in U.S. Virgin Islands, and it is observed on March 31. The holiday celebrates the anniversary when the United States purchasing the islands from Denmark in 1917.

The U.S. Virgin Islands contain three main islands: Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas, and many surrounding small islands and cays. It is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States.

Christopher Columbus discovered the islands in 1493 during his second voyage. In the following years, people from Spain, France, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands started to settle on the islands.

In 1754, the islands became the royal Danish colonies with the name the Danish West Indian Islands, and sugar plantations became the main economic support of the islands. In the middle of the 19th century, slave rebellions, hurricanes, and earthquakes impacted the economy. During World War I, fearing Germany may take the islands as a submarine base, the United States purchased the islands from Denmark at the price of $25 million in 1917.

The following is the list of Transfer Day in the U.S. Virgin Islands from 2022 to 2026.

HolidayDateWeekday
Transfer DayMar 31, 2022Thursday
Transfer DayMar 31, 2023Friday
Transfer DayMar 31, 2024Sunday
Transfer DayMar 31, 2025Monday
Transfer DayMar 31, 2026Tuesday

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