Green, good luck, four-leaf clovers, and fortune are around the corner. May the luck of the Irish be with you as you choose where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the USA this year! Follow the rainbow to cities where the green beer flows and exciting events abound. Whether you’re looking to attend parades and festivals or check out the best Irish pubs, there’s no better day to do so! Read on to learn more about the best cities to go for St. Paddy’s and be sure to check out our Romantic Getaway Guide if you plan to bring your significant other along!
9 Cities Where You Can Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the USA
“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night” —Irish Blessing
Chances are you’ve seen Savannah on lists of some of the best places to visit for St. Paddy’s Day! Amidst the historic charm of the sweet, Southern locale, everyone’s favorite Irish holiday ushers in a myriad of exciting festivities. Attend a parade that expects a crowd of over 300,000 people. Admire emerald-tinted fountain in Forsyth Park. Most importantly, grab a pint of Guinness at a local pub or a designated booth during the festival.
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We can’t promise that you won’t run into a Leprechaun or two in Boston. But, we can assure you that you’ll have a blast. The famous parade through Southie (South Boston), is something you don’t want to miss! Did you know that the legendary Irish punk band, the Dropkick Murphys, play at the House of Blues each year? History buffs that aren’t into loud music might enjoy checking out the Irish Cultural Center of New England or the Boston Irish Heritage Trail instead!
Get ready for bagpipes, Irish dancing, and lively marching bands in Chicago, Illinois! Celebrate tradition in the Windy City by attending pub crawls and parades that take place in different neighborhoods. You can also witness the world-renowned dying of the Chicago River! Don’t worry. The dye is eco-friendly! It also comes as no surprise that the city boasts a number of exciting food experiences due to the culinary reputation it has.
New York, NY
New York City is one of the top bucket list destinations, for a good reason! The Big Apple lives up to its “melting pot” reputation by celebrating arts and culture every chance it gets. If you visit for St. Paddy’s, make a point to don your greenest outfit and visit as many pubs and taverns as you can for the authentic eats. Corned beef and cabbage, anyone? Wash down a plate of shepherd's pie with a glass of beer and get on with the parades and festivities!
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San Francisco, CA
Head out west to the Bay Area for vibrant festivities and seas of green! San Francisco sets the scene for a thrilling celebration of Irish history and culture. Attend the parade and admire colorful floats and lively music. The parade winds its way to the City Hall where festivities ensue. They even illuminate the building with bright green lights! Then, end your evening at one of the many local hotspots that serve up delicious eats. Even if Irish food isn’t quite your thing, you’re bound to find a restaurant to appease your appetite!
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Flags of green, white, and orange wave around during the parade in Philly. Participate in a 30-year tradition, the Erin Express! This free pub crawl rounds up attendees and totes them to a plethora of participating pubs and bars. In addition to this pub crawl, Philadelphia visitors can check out various block parties, historic sites, and restaurants. In a city that abounds with history and culture, it’ll be easy for you to make this St. Patrick’s Day one to remember!
Asbury Park, NJ
Listen as bagpipes, and marching bands, liven up Asbury Park, New Jersey’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Grab a bite to eat and pair it with an ice cold beer at local establishments such as Taka, the Stone Pony, and Wonder Bar. You’re sure to get in the Irish spirit as music fills the air during this annual parade! For couples who plan to stay for a romantic getaway, check out our suggestions for the most romantic things to do in New Jersey! If you’re feeling lucky, it could be a great place to pop the question.
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Because Atlanta is one of the biggest cities in the South, it comes as no surprise that they throw a big St. Patrick’s Day celebration! The Midtown parade runs down Peachtree Street and features various floats, dancers, bands, bagpipes, and more! While you’re in Atlanta, you should also check out some of the festivities and block parties where you can try some of the local food and drinks! If you’re lucky, you might run into someone willing to share some old Irish folk tales and legends.
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New Orleans, LA
It’s no secret that New Orleans, Louisiana, knows how to party! The Irish holiday extends itself for about a week and a half in NOLA. Locals and visitors alike can celebrate however they wish at various parades and block parties! You can expect to see creatively crafted floats and listen to lively music. Drink beer with your friends and don’t forget to wear something green, so you don’t stand out in seas of emerald! While you’re there, be sure to read up on some of the local history.
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More March Getaways
If you’re not necessarily looking to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day but want to travel in March, check out our blog about the best places to visit in March in the US! The arrival of spring sets the scene for a memorable vacation. Fields of freshly blooming wildflowers and warm weather await. From Mystic, Connecticut to Oregon Wine Country, there’s no telling where the road might take you this spring. Be sure to stay at Select Registry properties along the way!
“Luck is believing you’re lucky.” —Tennessee Williams
Regardless of where you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the USA this year, make the most of your vacation when you stay at a Select Registry property. Maybe you’d like to live in luxury in a manor or mansion. Perhaps you’d prefer relaxation and respite and to revel in a romantic experience. Whatever it is you’re looking for in a dream vacation, rest assured you’ll have an amazing time at one of our esteemed bed and breakfasts, inns, or boutique hotels. High-quality amenities, unique accommodations, and outstanding service set our properties apart from all the rest.
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