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How do Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

March 3, 2020

Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday associated with the color green and Ireland. Do you know why Americans celebrate this holiday, and do you know how Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Learn all about this American tradition.

Why do Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Before we learn how Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we should probably ask why Americans celebrate it at all. It’s a holiday that comes from Ireland…right?

Yes. Saint Patrick’s Day is originally from Ireland. However, there is a strong Irish influence in the U.S., so it is no surprise that Americans have adopted the holiday. And it’s no surprise that, like many adopted holidays around the world, Americans have taken this holiday and made it their own.

St. Patrick’s Day Tradition #1: Wearing green

Green is the color associated with Ireland, so be sure to wear this color on March 17!

What happens if you don’t wear green? Some people may pinch you! This is a strange tradition, but don’t say that we didn’t warn you.

St. Patrick’s Day Tradition #2: Parades and parties

Parades and parties happen all day on St. Patrick’s Day. Be prepared to see people wearing green, funny costumes, or accessories like hats with shamrocks while you watch a parade or drink a beer at a local pub. Some cities will have giant parades: Chicago even turns its river green to celebrate!

The Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Tradition #3: Eating corned beef and cabbage

Many restaurants will serve a traditional Irish dish, corned beef and cabbage, on March 17. Corned beef is a slow-cooked beef dish that is delicious, and can be a little salty. It goes perfectly with…what else? Beer!

St. Patrick’s Day Tradition #4: Drinking green beer

We know…it sounds strange. But when do you ever get to try green beer? Many bars will dye their beer green, just for this day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and your friends!