Now that the world has finished celebrating the first saint of the year (Saint Valentine), it’s time to start preparing for the celebration of Saint Patrick. Beginning as a religious feasting holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has become largely commercialized over the years.
Most people consider Saint Patrick’s Day to be one of the biggest party days of the year. If you’re one to seek out an excellent festival to celebrate the history of Irish culture, there are several special spots to visit around the United States.
San Francisco, California
Plan the ultimate road trip, and trek across the U.S. to San Francisco, California. Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in this colorful city make other attempts look frail. Not to mention, the drive across Texas and Arizona is one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see.
Hundreds of thousands of people gather in San Francisco every year to attend a two-hour parade to honor the patron saint. You’ll have the chance to drink plenty of green beer, enjoy live bagpipe performances, Irish dancing, and those who love to go hard can join the St. Patrick’s Day PubCrawl.
The Windy City packs a punch in terms of celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day with a slew of Irish taverns, street dancing, and even some joyful Irish singing. Every year, the citizens of the city have the opportunity to enjoy seeing the Chicago River run green, and this could be the year you witness this awesome sight as well.
See the city from the top at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck and enjoy an incredible view of Lake Michigan.
The parades you’ll experience in south Georgia will satiate your desire to feel immersed in the greenest day of the year. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on cobblestone streets with traditional tasty recipes, singing, dancing, and the authentic yearn of the Irish bagpipes.
Don’t miss out on visiting the Forsyth Park fountain, as the city dyes the iconic fountain green in the spirit of the holiday. If you’re looking for a great spot to lay your head, check out Savannah’s Hotel Indigo.
The city of Boston is rooted in Irish heritage and pride, so it would make sense that this spot is superior in terms of Saint Patrick’s Day festivities. You can arrive in Boston weeks before the actual holiday, and they’re already eating traditional Irish cuisine and turning up cups at the local breweries.
New York, New York
Everyone knows that the city that never sleeps knows how to throw a good party. The St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City isn’t quite as populated as the New Year’s parade, but it still draws nearly 2 million onlookers. If you’re looking for a big party, New York will fulfill your needs.