Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
Initially a religious holiday established in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has grown to be a widely celebrated secular holiday, particularly popular in the United States. The day became synonymous with all things Irish as it was celebrated among the communities of Irish immigrants in the northeast early in the nation’s history. Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1737, followed by New York in 1762.
Beginning in 1962, Chicago has dyed its river green every year on March 17th to show its Irish pride, as do other cities across the country including Savannah, Georgia, home to one of our coastal branch locations. Read more about the history and traditions of St. Patrick's Day in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
While St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have evolved dramatically over time, there are many festive ways to observe the holiday from the comfort of your own home this year. Here are a few ideas for the whole family!
This easy DIY green beer recipe can help you recreate a favorite American St. Paddy’s Day tradition. Simply add two drops of green food dye to the bottom of a glass before pouring your light beer of choice! For a darker green, add one or two additional drops, but keep in mind that too much dye can give your beer a chemical taste. Natural alternatives include spirulina, matcha or spinach if you have a juicer.
March 17th is about more than green beer and pub crawls. Plan a day of fun for the entire family with these St. Patrick’s themed games, activities and movies without ever leaving the house. Read about the history of St. Patrick or get your hands dirty planting shamrocks. You can even attempt a traditional Irish jig to get the whole family moving!
With any luck, you’ll chase down a pot full of memories and maybe even start a new St. Paddy’s Day tradition along the way.