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How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Boston

Boston is one of the best places in the U.S. to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Try these tips to do more than swill green beer in honor of the occasion.


  • : Don't drink unless you're of legal age. Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.
  • Step 1: Visit a museum Visit a museum. You can go to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to honor the first president of Irish heritage.
  • Step 2: Watch the parade Watch the parade. On the Sunday before the holiday, Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade takes place in South Boston.
  • TIP: Don't stop at one parade! There are several in the Boston area in the week leading up to and following March 17. has a listing of all the parades going on in Boston.
  • Step 3: Go dancing Go dancing at The Beehive. This bar puts on an annual celebration of traditional Irish music and dancing -- not to mention authentic Irish food.
  • TIP: If you think you have the best green attire, head to the Dublin House to compete in their costume contest.
  • Step 4: Take a tour Take a tour of the Irish Heritage Trail through Boston. Maps are available, so you can go on a self-guided walking tour of the rich Irish history in Boston.
  • Step 5: Sit down at a pub Sit down at a pub. Boston is loaded with Irish pubs that offer everything from Irish food to Irish sing-alongs. And it might not hurt to have a Guinness while you're there.
  • FACT: St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in Boston in 1737.

You Will Need

  • Dancing abilities
  • Map
  • Desire to learn about Irish culture
  • Green clothes (optional)

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