Outside of actual Ireland, there’s nowhere that celebrated St. Patrick’s Day as enthusiastically as the city of Boston. Initially, only the Irish living in Boston celebrated the holiday, but over the centuries it’s become a holiday the entire city looks forward to, Irish or not.
Green and beer, and sometimes green beer, can be found in nearly any neighborhood, alongside crowds of gleeful people. How to celebrate you might ask? What are the best practices for celebrating St. Pat’s in Boston, you may be wondering? Well, we’ve got the essential information for you, below.
St. Patrick’s Day in Boston
Best Practice: Don’t Drive
Not only is driving inadvisable on St. Patrick’s Day because most people are drinking, but it’s also unique because traffic and parking will prove challenging. Wherever your festivities take you, opt to use public transit, walk, or ride share.
Recommended Festivity: Faneuil Hall
A classic choice to celebrate the green holiday is to spend the day drinking, dancing, eating, listing to music, and laughing at Faneuil Hall. The events for this year have not yet been announced, but you can bet that the weekend of St. Pat’s will be filled with excitement at the Hall.
Best Practice: Book Tickets in Advance
One of the most popular annual traditions around St. Patrick’s Day is to see the Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues. Each year they put on a few shows within a week, but the tickets often sell out well in advance. If you’d like to attend, reserve your tickets ASAP.
Recommended Festivity: Southie Parade
The south end of Boston, affectionately known as “Southie” features its own St. Pat’s parade for the past 118 years now. The parade has exploded in popularity over the past decade, and now draws in a crowd nearing one million. You can expect exciting floats, live Irish music, and plenty of energy. The parade is happening on actual St. Patricks day, March 17th.
Best Practice: Secure your parade viewing spot
Nearly anywhere along the parade route will provide wonderful viewing pleasure. The crowd does get thick, though, so arriving early the parade to scope out a spot is wise. The block of Lincoln, Capo, and Loco is a great spot, with restaurant access nearby.
Recommended Festivity: Irish Heritage Trail
Perhaps one of the only St. Patrick’s Day activities not focused on drinking, yes the parade is still focused on drinking (at least as far as the adults are concerned). Though we love Guinness just as much as the next person, we also love history! The history of the Boston Irish is fascinating and layered, and you can learn all about it by traveling the entirety, or a portion of, the three-mile trail connecting various Irish American landmarks.
Our final practical tip is to choose accommodations in the heart of the city. You want to be able to walk or take public transit easily, which means staying in the Back Bay or Copley Square neighborhoods. There are plenty of Irish pubs, bars, and restaurants to enjoy within easy walking distance. Plus, nearly all of Boston will be out and about strolling through the city, and you’ll get to join the masses!
Copley Square Hotel sits in the heart of Boston, near the Boston Common, Public Garden, and the Public Library. Book your accommodations as soon as you know your travel plans, as every centrally located hotel tends to be completely booked a few weeks prior!
For a full breakdown of every holiday activity, visit here.