What comes to mind when you picture St. Patrick’s Day? Green, four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, beer, and… Bostonians?
Wait, why Bostonians?
Boston and St. Patrick’s Day are often synonymous, and for good reason. Though St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday and did not originate in Boston, Boston boasts one of the largest Irish populations and, as a result, one of biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations outside of Ireland!
Boston and the Irish go way to back to the 19th century when masses of Irish immigrants settled in Boston after the Great Irish Famine. Today people of Irish descent form the largest single ethnic group in Boston. Which is why St. Patrick’s Day is SO EPIC in Boston!
To ensure you celebrate as fully and wildly as you’d like to, here’s a list of the major celebrations that will take place.
St. Patrick’s Day Boston
The Big Parade
Definitely the headlining event each year is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the decidedly Irish neighborhood of South Boston. Happening the Saturday after St. Patrick’s Day on March 19th, the parade will begin at the Broadway ‘T’ Station and culminate at Andrew Square.
Dropkick Murphys Jams
“Drop” into feeling festive at any one out of FOUR Dropkick Murphys concerts happening at The House of Blues. Catch the Boston native group on 3/15, 3/16, 3/17, or 3/18. Schedule and tickets here.
Take a Walk Down History Lane
In honor of the holiday and the city’s Irish heritage, the Boston Irish Tourism Associate puts on special guided walks of the Irish Heritage Trail. Over the course of the 75-90 minute walk, you’ll learn about the 300 fascinating years of Boston’s Irish history and heritage.
Check Out The Irish Film Festival
This year marks the 17th annual Irish Film Festival! Taking place over the course of four days starting on Thursday, March 23 and continuing through Sunday, March 26. This is the largest festival of its kind outside of Ireland!
On The Actual Day, Find an Irish Pub and Celebrate The Irish Way!
Boston has a variety of festive events as displayed above, but the true Irish and Bostonian, way to celebrate is to head to the nearest Irish pub! As you might’ve guessed, Boston has no shortage of Irish pubs, which means it’s up to you to choose which ones you want to drink, eat, and be merry at. A few recommendations include:
- Brendan Behan Pub – Small, dimly lit, no food, and the best atmosphere in town.
- Phoenix Landing – A classic option, great food, and beer selection. Beautiful outdoor patio.
- Thirsty Scholar Pub – Styled in the more traditional Irish way, a great bar for an intimate date or a sociable gathering.
- Black Rose – One of the pubs that has been around a long time. It features old photographs of martyred patriots and is the go-to place for live Irish music.
- Matt Murphy’s – The pub you go to if noshing on delicious Irish food is your priority.
Here’s the thing – the entire city of Boston will be celebrating all over the place from Friday, March 17th through the weekend, and some long after. St. Patrick’s Day is a HUGE deal in Boston, and you really can’t go wrong celebrating as long as you’re in the city. The best-laid plans usually go awry in the best of ways, so try not overthink the details. Celebrating St. Paddy’s in Boston will be an experience you’ll never forget and you’ll return with stories aplenty. For the best experience, choose accommodations in the heart of the city, where you can easily walk or take public transit to get around. Copley Square Hotel, located in Boston’s iconic Back Bay neighborhood, is one such accommodation.
Don’t forget your green, taste Guinness at a few different pubs, and memorize the name of your hotel. Do those three things and you’ll undoubtedly have an incredible experience! Enjoy!