Whether you’re Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is a day that nearly everyone looks forward to once March rolls around. With only about a month until the green beer starts to flow, you may be wondering where to spend the holiday. Well, the members of our Newark Airport parking company have a few suggestions:
New York City
Where else can you see the oldest and biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the U.S.? Nowhere but New York City, of course. This parade has been marching for more than 250 years (yes, longer than we’ve been a country) and features more than 150,000 members from firefighters to bands to military members and more. Afterwards, stop in at one of the city’s many Irish pubs for a green beer and St. Paddy’s Day specials.
One of the neatest St. Patrick’s Day traditions in the U.S. happens in Chicago, when the city dyes the Chicago River green. Before the annual parade on the Saturday before the holiday, more than 100 pounds of green dye is dumped into the river and people from all over the city gather to watch. After the parade, head to a local Irish bar or the Irish American Heritage Center for a dose of authentic Irish music, food, and dancing.
Why not head to the nation’s most Irish state for the most Irish holiday of the year? Around 20% of the city’s residents come from Irish ancestry, and South Boston celebrates accordingly. This year’s parade will be held on the 19th and in addition to the parade, you’ll find tons of local music (including Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues) and specials at the city’s countless Irish bars.
While Savannah may not cross your mind as a go-to place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the southern city actually holds the second-largest parade in the U.S. The parade takes place on the 17th, but a slew of celebrations will be going on for several days before then. Check out the St. Patrick’s Day festival that starts on the 16th and features bands, food, gifts, and more.
The residents of Philadelphia began celebrating St. Patrick’s Day before our country was technically a country. In 1771, the city’s very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held, which makes it the second oldest in the country. This year, it will be held on the 11th, but if you’re looking for a good pub crawl, hop on the Erin Express on the 3rd, 10th, or 17th and enjoy a bus ride to more than a dozen different bars throughout the city.
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