Sunday, March 17th, is St. Patrick’s Day, a fun holiday that my family enjoys – and you don’t even have to be Irish to celebrate!

As I’ve mentioned in years past, I like to prepare a couple of traditional St. Patrick’s Day foods, which are usually corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread. We all wear something green and usually hang out with family and friends. There may even be some adult beverages involved (did someone say green beer, lol).

Will you be celebrating the holiday? Maybe cooking/buying traditional St. Patrick’s Day foods, dressing in green, or attending a parade? Please let me know in the comment section below!

St. Patrick’s Day Spending

According to the National Retail Federation’s annual St. Patrick’s Day survey, consumers plan to spend a record $7.2 billion (an average of $44.40 per person) on the holiday this year. Top spending categories are food and beverages.

A record 62% or 162 million Americans are planning to celebrate.

What do some of those celebration plans include?
82% will wear green
29% will make a special dinner
26% will decorate their home or office
27% will attend a party at a bar/restaurant
16% will attend a private party
15% will attend a parade
12% will host a party

Best Cities For St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Different cities have their own St. Patrick’s Day traditions. Chicago, for example, is known for dyeing the Chicago River green. Other cities might be known for their parades, pageants and/or pub crawls. According to WalletHub, here are some of the top cities for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations based on their rich traditions of tasty and affordable food, safe conditions to celebrate, and good weather. (See the full article for a list of all the cities.)

Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Savannah, GA
Reno, NV
Pittsburgh, PA
New York, NY
Worcester, MA
Buffalo, NY

For NCP Panel Members

Be sure to report any special purchases you make for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, in addition to your regular shopping. These include food and beverages, accessories, decorations, etc. Thank you!

If you celebrate the holiday, have a fun day!


More from NCP:

St. Patrick’s Day Facts (March 15, 2019)

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (March 16, 2018)

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