The TOP 10 Things To Do in New York on St. Patrick’s Day (Weekend)

St. Patrick's Day Events

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.

When will the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade take place?

The 2022 Parade will be held on Thursday, March 17.

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.

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

These are the best Best Things To Do in New York on St. Patrick’s Day that you shouldn’t miss:

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    St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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    The famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is one of the oldest, attracts around 700,000 people annually who want to be part of the spectacle. The parade takes place either directly on March 17th or – if it is a weekday – on the following weekend. Destination of the parade is the St. Patrick Cathedral. At 11 a.m. on the dot, the parade starts moving north at 44th Street/corner of 5th Avenue.

    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 11 AM– 4:30 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.

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    Check out the numerous pubs within the city

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    There will definitely be special menus and prices based on the holiday. Check out some of our favorite bars on St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Explore the catacombs underneath St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

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    You will be surprised how beautiful Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Nolita is from the inside – and that it hides some secrets. The best way to find out what they are is to take a tour that takes you to different parts of the church, including the catacombs. As you explore, learn all about the landmark’s place in New York history and discover the final resting place of famous New Yorkers past.

    It is one of the absolute insider tours in New York!

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    Try delicious authentic Irish food!

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    Enjoy real Irish hospitality and try delicious pies, shellfish, Irish stew or Black and white pudding in one of the many Irish restaurants. You will be surprised how good the food is in many Irish pubs. No wonder: after all, there are many Irish people living in New York who love authentic food!

    My tip: Check out my article with the best Irish Restaurants in NYC!

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    Enjoy a glass of Irish whiskey

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    I love whiskey and not only on St. Patricks Day New York City has a lot of really good whiskey bars to offer. Here you can find the best whiskey bars in NYC for me, especially the Brandy Library is amazing (don’t let the name mislead you, they have almost 1,000 different kinds of whiskey).

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    Visit the amazing St. Patrick's Cathedral

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    In the middle of Midtown, opposite Rockefeller Center, is the largest neo-Gothic style cathedral in the United States: St. Patrick’s Cathedral New York City is the most breathtaking ecclesiastical building in New York. The slender towers rise almost majestically to a height of over 100 metres.

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    Join a Pub Crawl on St. Patrick’s Day

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    This is probably one of the most fun activities in New York City for adults you 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.

    These are the best pub crawls in NYC on St. Patrick’s Day 👇

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    Educate yourself on some Irish-American History and Culture

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    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.

    My tip: The Tenement Museum is part of our list of the best museums in NYC.

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    Choose a hotel from which you can see the St. Patrick's Day parade!

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    Are you looking for hotel rooms with view of St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Then you don’t have to look any further! I’ll show you the Best Hotels to Watch St. Patrick’s Day Parade from.

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    Keep an eye on the Empire State Building

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    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.

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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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