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You don’t have to go to Ireland to celebrate St. Patty’s Day like the Irish. In fact, you may not have to go far from home. These U.S. cities have a large Irish heritage and history that will help you to decide just where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.
First, a little background. Saint Patrick was a patron saint of Ireland, known for driving the snakes out of the tiny island. As Irish immigrants brought their traditions to America, it seemed the story of St. Patrick came with him. while St. Patty’s day seems to be more about green beer in the US, it’s still celebrated as part of beloved traditions in cities that were once full of Irish people.
It’s said that Savannah, Georgia has one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. In fact, they don’t limit it to just one day. They celebrate all month. Savannah is home to the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, not just in the country, in the world.
In 2022, celebrate safely and distantly with the Savannah’s Shamrock Ships Flotilla, setting sail amid under a four-leaf clover flag.
A visit to the Prohibition Museum in Savannah is a must during St. Patrick’s Day
Where to Stay: Hotel Indigo in the Historic District
While New Orleans is generally thought of as French, as well as known for Mardi Gras, the Big Easy also has a large Irish population. Head on down to the Irish Channel. Near the Garden District, the Irish Channel brings entire blocks of party fun. Think Mardi Gras in Green and all in one neighborhood place. Expect plenty of live music and Irish dancing in the streets, and be sure to have at least one item of green clothing on lest you get pinched!
Where to Stay: Sully Mansion Bed and Breakfast
We all know how the Chicago River turns a brilliant shade of green to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. In addition to the emerald river, you’ll find plenty of neighborhood celebrations, the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the South Side Irish Parade, and a festival at the Irish American Heritage Center.
While taking in all the St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Chicago is a great place for an Irish meal as well. You’ll find plenty of Irish pubs serving corned beef and cabbage dinner, Irish soda bread, Irish whiskey, and live entertainment.
Where to Stay: Holiday Inn on the River
New York City
NYC boasts the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade, which might be the oldest parade of any kind. First held in 1762, it’s the largest as well. While there are loads to do in New York City during St. Patricks’ Day, the parade is the pinnacle event. Find it along 5th Avenue between 44th and 79th streets.
In 2021, there will be a small and symbolic parade on March 17th, but expect to watch it virtually this year through the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook page here.
Where to Stay: Omni Berkshire Place
Until I started doing my research, I had no idea that San Francisco was a top place to visit for St. Patrick’s Day. According to Visit USA, more than 100,000 people attend the San Francisco parades and festivals the weekend before the holiday. And, just like in New Orleans, don’t miss the St. Patricks’ Day Block Party by the Irish Bank.
Where to Stay: Hilton Union Square
There’s no doubt that Boston also shares in. the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Head to South Boston for authentic Irish festivities including a parade. Also, plan to get your Irish history on with a guided walk along the Irish Heritage Trail, with over 200 years of Irish History in Boston.
As with the other cities, there is no parade in 2021. However, walking the trail is a popular St. Pat’s Day activity.
Where to Stay: Nine Zero Kimpton Hotel
Want to visit Dublin, but can’t make it to the Emerald Isle? Head to Dublin, Ohio where Irish is an attitude! They have an. Celtic cocktail trail, Irish Fairy Door Trail, and plenty more Irish approved activities. If you can’t make it to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in March, check out the Irish Festival in the summer.
Where to Stay: Embassy Suites
Where Can you Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
A few other cities I found where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style are Denver, Kansas City, and Philadelphia.
Do you have a favorite place to celebrate? Let me know in the comments!