If you are lucky enough to be on St. John over the next week, you are in for a treat because there are several great events happening!
The carnival is still open daily from 5 p.m. or so until it closes, which is well after dark. Rides are $5 each, and it’s a lot of fun. The carnival will be open through July 5th. Click here to learn more about the first carnival St. John has had in more than 10 years!
The St. John Celebration Village (simply called the Village around town) will open on Thursday, June 29th and will stay open through July 4th. The Village features a variety of local food and drink vendors, as well as live music every night. It opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes well after midnight.
Saturday, July 1st
J’ouvert is happening a couple of days early this year. J’ouvert is an event that celebrates the first sunrise of freedom, so the event will kick off right around sunrise which is currently at 5:45 a.m. Slaves were emancipated on July 3, 1848, so the Fourth of July celebration on St. John is to celebrate their freedom.
Monday, July 3rd
There will be a cultural display at the park across from the ferry dock starting at 10 a.m. The 175th anniversary of emancipation will be celebrated with a program in the park at 1 p.m. The day will culminate with a torch light parade that begins at 7 p.m. at the entrance of the Village.
Tuesday, July 4th
The celebration parade will begin around 11 a.m. It starts in front of Mongoose Junction and takes a right at the Post Office. The parade will continue toward the ferry dock and will then take a left up the one-way and past Connections. It will continue up the street past Woody’s and Quiet Mon and will end somewhere around the roundabout.
Expect road closures throughout the latter part of the morning and into the afternoon. The road along the entire parade route will be closed for several hours, therefore you will have to take Centerline Road to get to the North Shore beaches. You will be unable to drive to the ferry dock during this time.
The fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. and will take place in Cruz Bay.
There are two more great events happening later next month. Stay tuned!
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