Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Across the U.S.
Nearly 33 million Americans claimed to have Irish ancestry in the 2015 census, so it’s not surprising that there are hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the country.
Two states, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, have over 20% of residents claiming Irish blood. In recognition of this part of the country’s population, every U.S. president has issued a proclamation commemorating March as Irish-American Heritage Month since Congress first designated the month in 1991.
Originally a religious holiday to honor the patron saint of Ireland, March 17 is now a day to celebrate all things Irish with parties, parades, traditional music, and dances, and of course Irish food and drink. It’s said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and wearing green seems to be the only requirement.
Traditions range from costumed fun runs with bearded leprechauns taking over city streets, to bagpipes, fountains, and a river flowing with green water, to reenactments of storied Irish wakes and the blessing of beer.
Our list of where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day highlights just a few of the many cities that have parades, pub crawls, festivals, and other events to recognize the day. Since nearly twenty U.S. cities and towns are named Dublin after Ireland’s capital, it seemed fitting that our list begins and ends with Dublin destinations.