St. Patrick’s Day History & Facts

St. Patrick’s Day takes place each year on March 17th – the traditional religious feast day of Saint Patrick, the most well-known patron saint of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to the country. It has become quite the celebration in the United States but other countries such as New Zealand, Canada, Argentina, Australia and England (to name a few) also particpate in celebrating the day. It is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Montseratt, Labrador and Newfoundland. The day is generally characterized by attending church services, wearing green, and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking. Some other random facts…

  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
  • Until the 1970s, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday. Modern-day St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were basically invented in America by Irish-Americans. Irish charitable organizations originally celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with banquets in places such as Boston, Savannah and Charleston.
  • On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness, the famous Irish stout brand, are consumed around the world but on St. Patrick’s Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million pints.
  • More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations along with some notable cities such as Savannah.
  • There are seven places in the United States named after the shamrock (the floral emblem of Ireland) Shamrock, TX and Shamrock, OK.
  • Sixteen U.S. places share the name of Ireland’s capital – Dublin. Dublin, CA, is the largest followed by Dublin, OH.
  • There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
  • Irish is the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, ranking behind German.
  • Across the country, 11 percent of residents lay claim to Irish ancestry. That number more than doubles to 23 percent in the state of Massachusetts.
  • There are approximately 144,588 current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland.

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