St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated nationwide as a holiday to celebrate Irish heritage and enjoy all things green while eating delicious food and perhaps a pint of beer. Every city has a parade of some sort, but some take St. Patty’s Day to the top with weeklong celebrations and specials. These seven cities will not disappoint with a visit on March 17!

Visit These 7 U.S. Cities For The Best St. Patrick's Day Experience

1. Go Green in Chicago

“The Windy City” has one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country but with its own unique twist. People come from around the country each year to see the Chicago River dyed green then go on to celebrate all day at parades and local pubs. Chicago has some of the best pubs in the country for a pint of Guinness and delicious meal of corned beef and cabbage. Stop by local favorites like Galway Arms and Harrigans Pub to get your Irish fix. With vacation rentals right along the river, you can be right in the center of the party with!

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2. Celebrate Irish heritage in Boston

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston is perhaps the most popular St. Patrick’s party in the nation. This could be because the largest population of Irish come from Boston, or just because Beantown knows how to celebrate. You can also sign up for the St. Patrick’s Day Road Race in the Southie neighborhood, or just watch as hundreds dressed in green race to the finish line.

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3. Party in Philly

Philadelphia may be well known for its historic sites, but you don’t want to miss out on its fun bar scene on St. Patrick’s Day. ‘The Crawl’ claims to be the world’s largest bar crawl with admission to some of the best bars in the city. Other bar crawls also provide transportation to keep your St. Patty’s Day fun and safe!

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4. Grab a pint in Dublin

Get a taste of Ireland in Dublin…. Ohio. This small Ohio town, named after the capital of the Republic of Ireland, has a comparable St. Patrick’s Day parade. Start off your day in Dublin with the pancake breakfast. Then go watch the miles-long parade while exploring the town’s Irish shops and pubs. The town also celebrates the Dublin Irish Festival every year on the first week of August if you’re looking for even more ways to celebrate in green.

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5. Go big in the Big Apple

Of course, NYC has one of the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day parades. But there’s more than just parades to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York City. With deep Irish culture and authentic pubs, you’ll feel like in the center of the party. McSorley’s Old Ale House and Wilfie & Nell are just some of the pubs that participate in NYC’s pub crawl.

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6. Let loose in Louisiana

Some may not know that New Orleans was actually a major port for Irish immigrants, making “The Big Easy” a unique place to celebrate the holiday. With parades occurring the entire week around St. Patrick’s Day, the party never has to end! Celebrate Italian-American heritage as well with the Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade in the French Quarter, clad with plenty of beads and festive outfits.

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7. Stay warm in San Diego

We can’t finish this list and leave out the West Coast, which has its own variety of fun St. Patty’s Day festivities. Enjoy the sunny weather in San Diego at the ‘largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade’ west of the Mississippi. San Diego is also known for its annual ShamROCK is an all-day party with Irish bands, flowing green pints of beer and a giant pub. See the Gaslamp district transformed into the ‘Emerald Isle’ with rolling hills of green astro-turf.

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This article was written by Taylor Bishop.