St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! The time is just about perfect to consider what to do and where to go on St. Patrick’s Day. It does seem like major St. Patrick’s Day events like parades and pub crawls are back again. So, here are some of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.
The day of St. Patrick, celebrated on March 17 this year, will also be one of the first major celebrations of 2022, after the New Year. Not all of us are lucky enough to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. However, there are some amazing places right here in the US that have the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
But, before we get into that, here’s a St. Paddy’s Day safety tip:
What’s an Irish party without some fine Irish whiskey, eh? However, if you plan to drive yourself, stay off the alcohol or hire a driver before heading out.
1. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York City
When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day parades, very few cities paint the town emerald green like NYC does. The famed New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade is poised to return to its full form this year. Yes, you heard that right! After two years of toned-down celebrations, Fifth Avenue will witness a full-scale St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year. If parades are your thing, NYC is a must-place to visit on St. Patrick’s Day 2022. Don’t worry about where to park your car while you watch the parade. Way.com offers plenty of parking in New York City, so make sure you have a parking spot booked in advance before heading out.
2. Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day in Boston
If you’re looking for the most Irish-American St. Patrick’s Day celebration, look no further and head straight to Boston. Home to one of the largest populations of Irish descent and the oldest St. Paddy’s celebration, which dates back to 1737, ye can be sure the celebrations would be grand in Massachusetts. The Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is also back to all its former glory this year. There’s been no St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston since 2019. So this one’s definitely worth watching. There are also plenty of other fun things to check out in Boston for St. Patrick’s Day, like going on a walk-through Irish Heritage Trail, or visiting the harbor for a cruise. And of course, did someone say pub crawl?
3. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in New London
Being the only city that changes its name to New Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, New London, aka New Dublin, is the perfect choice to witness all things Irish American in the country. New London’s Shamrock Club, which organizes St. Patrick’s Day’s main events, has made it clear that safe celebrations for St. Patrick’s Daycare good to go. There’s of course going to be a parade, and the customary week-long celebrations, too. The name changing of New London is also going to take place on Leprechaun’s Day when the Leprechauns change New London’s name to New Dublin. Make sure not to miss traditional live music shows, dance events, and of course, Irish delicacies like cabbage and corned beef.
4. Go Green on St. Paddy’s Day in Chicago
It’s all going down this year in Chicago, people. The parades are back (all three of ’em), the river will most definitely go green and the Chicago River Crawl will also happen. The Irish holiday brings multiple weekends of revelry to Chicago, from shamrock-covered pop-up pubs and famous fish fries to all of the local breweries offering beer specials suited for the Emerald Isle. Great news for residents and visitors alike, but make sure you book your Chicago parking spot ahead so you don’t end up spending the day driving around looking for a place to park!
5. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the San Francisco Way
San Franciso is also back to its parade-hosting ways this year! The spectacular San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade will weave its way through the city, passing over a hundred colorful floats, Irish dance troupes, and marching bands on their route to Civic Center Plaza. If that’s not enough, there’s going to be pub crawls, Irish Dinners, scavenger hunts, and plenty of parties. Make sure to book your San Franciso parking spot before you set out enjoy the festivities.