With more than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades held across the United States and countless accompanying themed events, it’s hard to decide just where to venture to for the March 17th holiday. Our top picks to celebrate this year’s festivities highlight places that offer unique parades, local events, great food and amazing outdoor adventure. Pack up your RV and don’t forget to dress it up with something green on the outside. Mmm, we can already taste the corned beef and cabbage. Who’s ready for a Guinness?
Boston reigns number one as the country’s most Irish-American City with the highest percentage of people of Irish descent. Their St. Patrick’s Day parade draws a whopping 1 million attendees each year. Events range from St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl of Boston’s Best Bars to a six-day concert series and the iconic Salem Witchcraft Walk. For those who desire a more adventurous experience, check out the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race. End your stay with the popular self-guided tour of Irish Heritage Trail – a trail that takes visitors through 300 years of local Irish history.
Where to Stay: Winter Island Park
New London, Wisconsin
40 miles west of Green Bay is a quaint town that takes the quirks of St. Patrick’s Day to a whole new level – here you will physically see leprechauns changing city signs to read “New Dublin,” and local’s putting on an Irish funeral parody complete with an antique hearse and coffin theatrics. The town also holds Wisconsin’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade which features an extensive lineup of bagpipes, marching bands and festival clowns. If you’re looking for an outdoor activity check out tubing on Little Wolf River.
Where to Stay: Wolf River Campground
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Come to Hot Springs to experience the world’s largest inflatable leprechaun at the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade. That’s right, the parade procession travels a mere 98 feet, but that doesn’t stop the town from coming out and experiencing the adventure. While you’re in town, do not miss taking a hike on Gulpha Gorge Trail in Hot Springs National Park.
Where to Stay: Cathrine’s Landing
O’Neill is home to the world’s largest shamrock and known as the “Irish Capital of Nebraska.” In the late 80’s, city officials began painting a giant shamrock as a display in the intersection of Highway 20 and 281, in honor of Irishman and city founder John O’Neill, but decided to make it permanent in 1993. Come enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day parade and then make your way to the Cowboy Trail, Nebraska’s stunning rails-to-trails bike path.
Where to Stay: Carney City RV Park
Looking for a city that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day the entire month? Make your way to Savannah. The city offers family-friendly celebrations by the Savannah River, multiple festivals and a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Home to fantastic restaurants, museums, and state parks, you’ll never tire of things to do even after St. Paddy’s day has come and gone.
Where to Stay: Creek Fire Resort and Campground