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Croix. High-season guests tend toward dressier attire than do the off-season visitors. West Indians do not wear shorts in the commercial centers. Most tourists do. Bring a light sweater or shawl for cooler evenings. 26 Getting Ready The easiest route is to contact the luxurious resorts, such as Caneel Bay (St. John), The Buccaneer (St. Croix) and Frenchman’s Reef Resort (St. Thomas). Honeymoon destinations for many years, they now offer wedding packages with many attractive amenities. Staff members work with you to make your wedding memorable.
Martin Luther King Day February . . . . . . . Lincoln’s Birthday (date varies) March 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transfer Day (transfer from Denmark to US in 1917) March/April . . . . . . . Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday (dates vary) May . . . . . . . . . . . . Memorial Day (date varies) June . . . . . . Organic Act Day (when islands received right to elect a legislature, date varies) July 3 . . . . . . Emancipation Day (slaves freed, 1848) July 4.
Taverns constructed along the waterfront attracted sailors, privateers, and the settlers themselves. Did you know? The town was called “Tap Hus,” or Beer Hall, until 1691, when it was renamed Charlotte Amalie in honor of King Christian’s wife. In 1673, the first shipload of slaves arrived on the island from West Africa to work on the plantations. About 28,000 slaves worked here overall. In 1685, governors Nicolas and Adolph Esmit allowed the island to be used as a pirate refuge and storage center.