What to Do in Boston for St. Patrick’s Day
When most people think of Boston, they think of American history, and for good reason! Boston is home to many of America’s “firsts,” but what most people do not realize is that Boston also has deep ties to Ireland. Irish culture can be seen as one of the many “firsts” that Boston is proud to claim as its own.
Don’t get me wrong, we love green beer and fun accents, but St. Patrick’s Day represents a lot more than that in Boston! America’s first Irish-Catholic president, President John F. Kennedy, was a proud resident of Massachusetts, and Boston has many great landmarks celebrating one of its favorite sons.
To Experience JFK in Boston:
Start with a tour of the JFK Library and Museum, located at the beginning of the Boston Harborwalk, to view some of the Kennedy family’s treasured keepsakes and to learn more about their lives around Boston.
Continue your Kennedy tour by visiting some favorite Boston haunts. Take a selfie with the immortalized JFK at the Massachusetts State House, visit JFK’s apartment on Bowdoin Street and his Senate Headquarters in Post Office Square, have a bowl of “chowdah” while sitting in “The Kennedy Booth” at Union Oyster House, or simply take a causal stroll down the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.
To Experience Traditional St. Patty’s Day Festivities:
Boston is home to America’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade that took place in 1737.
Today’s South Boston parade may look very different than that of the early colonists, but it still represents Boston’s strong Irish roots. Today’s parade is sponsored by the American War Veterans council and supports numerous local organizations. The parade route begins at the Broadway Station of Boston’s red line, and winds past many local bars and restaurants where you can find over 600,000 of our closest friends celebrating the noble saint.
Finally, did I mention green beer? If you are down at the parade in South Boston (Southie), you will find a plethora of Irish pubs near and along the route, including The Sports Connection, L Street Tavern, Playwright, and Stats Bar & Grill.
Boston also has a wide variety of eateries and pubs that will surely tickle your taste buds. Why not make a stop in America’s oldest restaurant or oldest bar? Union Oyster House has been in operations in the same location since 1826! To cap the evening off, be sure to head down the street to enjoy a fine Boston Lager at the Bell in Hand Tavern.
Whether you are visiting Boston for your first time, or you are a local, Boston has no shortage of exciting experiences to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!