(TheRedWire.com) – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are scheduled to welcome the year 2024 in the picturesque Caribbean island of St. Croix, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This announcement from the White House confirms their departure for the island on Wednesday morning.
While the White House has not provided specific details about others accompanying the Bidens on this trip, it is known from past years that the First Couple often chooses to spend their New Year’s holiday in St. Croix, frequently joined by family members. This tradition has become a familiar part of their holiday celebrations, highlighting the island’s significance to them.
Before embarking on this journey, President Biden and his relatives took time on Christmas at Camp David, the well-known presidential retreat nestled in the Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland. This retreat offers a private and serene environment for presidents to relax and spend time with their families away from the hustle of Washington, D.C. Having completed their Christmas celebrations, the Bidens returned to the White House on Tuesday afternoon.
The upcoming visit to St. Croix is not just a personal holiday for the Bidens but also coincides with an important cultural event on the island — the Crucian Christmas Festival. This festival is a vibrant and significant celebration in the Virgin Islands, featuring parades, music, food, and a showcase of local culture. The presence of the President during this festival is likely to add to the excitement and significance of the event.
The Virgin Islands Consortium has reported that with the arrival of President Biden, there will be heightened security measures on the island. Such security preparations are standard protocol for presidential visits to ensure their stay’s safety and smooth running.
After celebrating the New Year in St. Croix, the Bidens are expected to return to Washington, D.C. Their visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands not only underscores the personal significance of the location for their family holiday traditions but also brings attention to this beautiful region, which is an integral part of the United States.
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