Things To Do on St. Patrick’s Day in New York

St. Patrick's Day Events

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It’s that time again! March in NYC is home to one of the most popular holidays in NYC. The famous holiday, St. Patrick’s Day in New York will be celebrated on the 17th of March and the atmosphere in the city will be exciting and festive. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this amazing holiday. Just make sure to wear green and celebrate! It’s an experience everyone should take part of.

When is St. Patrick’s Day in New York?

Every year, on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated. It’s an official holiday in Ireland and locals and tourists alike will spend their time with friends and family. Bars will be filled up and people will line up 5th Avenue to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC.

What is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route and when is it?

One of the sites that will pass by during St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC

This year, the parade will be held on March 17, 2020, which is on a Tuesday. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade route will stay on 5th Avenue, and will run from 44th Street, will pass by St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and will end on 79th Street. The parade will begin at approximately 1 11 AM–5 PM EST. We suggest that spectators plan your trip accordingly so you can claim your spot along 5th Avenue. It will get busy and it will be crowded. We also recommend taking public transportation into the city as well. Parking will definitely be limited and certain roads will be shut down, making it very difficult to navigate.

What are the other St. Patrick’s Day Events in NYC?

Check out the numerous pubs within the city

There will definitely be special menus and prices based on the holiday. Check out some of our favorite bars and pubs below.

Educate yourself on some Irish-American History and Culture

We recommend visiting the Tenement Museum located on the Lower East Side. It’s a great way to get an idea of what is being celebrated during St. Patrick’s Day in NYC. Here you can learn the many hardships and prejudices that Irish families faced in the US in the late 1860s.

Visit McSorley’s Ale House

It’s only right to visit one of the oldest taverns in New York City. Go and grab a pint with friends and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day at this historic pub located on the East Village.

Join a Pub Crawl on St. Patrick’s Day

This is probably one of the most fun activities (for adults) can do. For a set fee, you and others will be able to bar-hop and get full access to drinks. This goes on throughout the day and it’s a great way to meet new people or even just spend time with friends.

Keep an eye on the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is known to change colors based on current events and holidays. St. Patricks Day in NYC is no different. The top of the skyscraper will turn green in honor of the Irish Holiday.

What exactly is St. Patrick’s Day?

The honorable saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, is honored on this day. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated not only in New York but worldwide. In the US, however, it is very popular and widespread because of the 19 million Irish that lives here. With green being one of the colors of the Irish flag, it only makes sense everything has to be green on this day. Faces, flags, and clothing will be green. In Chicago, even their river is dyed in a green hue. The beer and also the Empire State Building adorns itself with a green crown.

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Being a photographer and creative in general, New York City, I think is the perfect place to be. I moved to NYC from Boston in 2013 and never looked back. Loving New York has given me the opportunity to do what I love and share those images with you all.

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anji tay

I m visiting New York 15 March to 21 March I ve been reading your articles and find them very useful.
However the article headed “What is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route and when is it?” states St Patricks day 2020 is 17 March and its a Saturday ? That date is actually Tuesday Do you mean the parade is on Saturday ? If so what date is the parade ?

Nicole Long

I too have been asking the same question. We want to plan our trip so we can go to the parade but articles that I have been reading say the parade is on Sat the 17 which is actually Tuesday.


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