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St Eustatias Festivals

There are several occasions for celebrations during the year.

  • On Easter Monday there are beach picnics with music and drinking.
  • Former Queen Juliana’s birthday is celebrated on 30 April with cultural events, sports, food and music.
  • Emancipation Day on 1 July has ceremonies and celebrations of the abolition of slavery.
  • The Antillian Games are held in the 2nd week of July with sporting competitions between all the islands of the Netherlands Antilles.
  • Carnival, last 2 weeks in July, is celebrated with steel bands, picnics, sports and contests and also including a Grand Parade on the last Sunday of the month. Just about everybody who can walk on the island shows up in costume and marches through town.
  • Antillian Day is on 21 October, with flag ceremonies, games and fetes.
  • Statia/America Day is on 16 November, with lots of cultural festivities and activities commemorating the First Salute to the American Flag by a foreign government in 1776.
  • On Boxing Day actors parade through the streets depicting the social, cultural or political group of the year, stopping at various homes for food and drink.

Public Holidays

  • New Year’s Day (fireworks at midnight)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday
  • Queensday (30 April)
  • Labour Day (1 May)
  • Ascension Day
  • Statia Day (16 November)
  • Christmas Day, Boxing Day

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Before Travelling in St Eustatias

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Getting There

Air Winair has several daily 20-min flights from St Maarten (US$80 return) connecting with flights from the USA, Europe and other islands....

Getting Around

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St Eustatias Communication Service

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St Eustatias Tourist Information

Local Tourist Offices The St Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation, Fort Oranjestraat, Mon-Fri 0800-1700, T/F82433, www.statiatourism....

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