St. Patrick's Day Facts

St Patrick's Day

It's going to be a beautiful weekend here in West Michigan, especially if you're a college basketball fan who's got a little Irish ancestry (or even if you don't   ). Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick's Day you can impress everyone at the bar with:

  • About 31 million Americans claim to have Irish ancestry, about 7x the population of Ireland!  
  • 60% of Americans plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 
  • 1737- Year of the 1st St. Patrick's Day Parade, held in Boston not Ireland    
  • 45lbs of dye is used to turn the Chicago River Green, it lasts for about 5 hours.
  • About $5.9 billion dollars will be spent on St. Patrick's Day in 2018, roughly $40 by each party goer. 
  • 27% plan to celebrate at a bar or restaurant.     
  • 83% of those celebrating plan to wear green.  
  • St. Patrick's Day is the fourth most popular drinking holiday. New Year’s Eve is 1st, Christmas is 2nd, and July 4th is 3rd. 
  • 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed.  
  • There's an 819% increase in Guinness consumption on St. Patrick's Day 
  • 31% of Americans plan to cook a special dinner.  
  • There's a 70% increase in cabbage shipments during St. Patrick’s Day week.  
  • Boston is the most Irish-American city in the U.S. with 20.4% reporting Irish ancestry.
  • There are 16 towns named Dublin in the U.S.

Some not so fun St. Patrick's Day Facts:

  • 60 people were killed in drunk-driving accidents on St. Patrick's Day in 2016
  • 36min - The rate at which alcohol related car crashes claim a life on St. Patrick's Day
  • 75% of fatal St. Patrick's Day car crashes involve a driver who's consumed at least 2x the legal limit
  • 36% of pedestrians killed on St. Patrick's Day in 2016 had a blood alcohol level above .08

Here's one more fact for you:

  • $1211 - Cost of an Uber ride from Boston, MA to Dublin, OH compared to up to $24,000 for a DUI. 

Moral of the story: Wear green, have fun, enjoy some green beer if you want, but DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

Happy St. Patrick's Day -  Cheers!

More info and source HERE


Content Goes Here