There is no better US destination to visit on St Patrick’s Day than Boston. That’s because Beantown is home to many Irish-Americans who love to celebrate the cultural holiday and their heritage in style.
With parades, festivals and parties happening across the city on the 17th March every year, you will not want to miss out on superb activity. To ensure you don’t, check out the following six ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Boston.
Grab a Guinness at One of Many Irish Pubs
If you are planning a Boston vacation in time for St Patrick’s Day, you would be smart to drop into one of the many Irish pubs dotted across the city, which is the perfect way to celebrate the patron saint of the Emerald Isle.
Top of your to-visit list should be The Burren, which is known for regularly hosting Irish music sessions. For example, every Thursday they provide four special dinner shows that feature live Irish music and, of course, corned beef and cabbage.
Alternatively, make your way to Corrib Pub, which will allow you to bond with its expat regulars over a pint of Guinness, live music, and some bangers and mash.
Of course, celebrate responsibility!
Attend the St Patrick’s Day Parade Boston
To experience the true passion and pride of the city during a vacation, ensure you don’t miss the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston. To secure a good spot for the event, set-up a lawn chair at the route’s starting spot of Broadway Station. However, you cannot go wrong with Medal of Honor Park either.
Alternatively, you can raise a glass to St Patrick by booking a table at a bar with a view, such as:
- The Playwright Bar
- Lincoln Tavern
Explore the Boston Irish Heritage Trail
As mentioned, Boston is the most Irish city in all of America, as almost one-quarter of Boston residents claimed Irish ancestry in the 2000 US census. If you want to learn more about the city’s Irish history when spending one day in Boston, take a walk along the Boston Irish Heritage Trail, which is approximately three miles in length.
It has been designed to highlight the many contributions Irish immigrants and their descendants have brought to Beantown for over three centuries.
To embark on the self-guided trail, you will need to start in the North End of the Rose Kennedy Garden and it will end at Fenway Park. Grab a route map at the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau to ensure you don’t fall off the trail, which will provide information on the various notable Irish sites.
For example, you can view:
- Boston City Hall
- Boston Irish Famine Memorial
- Colonel Shaw Memorial
- Central Burying Grounds
- Massachusetts State House
St Patrick’s Day Road Race in Southie
If you are planning to attend the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston, consider cheering on the runners at the St Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race on Southie, too. 600 runners annually participate in the event every year and will adorn official long-sleeved race shirts. The event has been held in the city since 1940, and you will need to register early to participate in the event.
Attend the Irish Film Festival
If you are spending more than one day in Boston, be sure to slot the Irish Film Festival into your itinerary. The annual event takes place over four days around St Patrick’s Day and focuses on films about Ireland and Irish culture, and it is a comment on what it is like to be Irish in the 21st century.
Throughout the festival, you can watch movies that showcase the finest contemporary Irish cinema. You also can take your pick from 30 movie premieres, shorts, features and documentaries, and most of the productions are unlikely to be shown anywhere else across the United States. The event is becoming increasingly popular with locals and tourists each year, so book tickets to events in advance to avoid disappointment.
Visit the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
John F. Kennedy, the 35th US President, is undoubtedly one of the most famous Irish Americans. St Patrick’s Day is, therefore, the perfect time to explore the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, which allows visitors to view original correspondence and papers from the Kennedy Administration, as well as unpublished and published materials from world-famous authors, such as Ernest Hemingway. There is also a special exhibition on JFK’s speeches and press conferences.