St. Patrick’s Day started as a feast day to celebrate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Since then, it has evolved into a largely secular holiday recognizing Irish culture, leprechauns, and (of course) green beer. Here are some out-of-the-box ways you can celebrate it this year:
1. Watch the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world.
Coincidentally, it takes place on the world’s shortest street. That’d be Bridge Street in Hot Springs, AR. It’s only about 175 feet long!
2. See the Chicago River dyed green.
The dye is relatively harmless, at least when compared to sewage. The resident turtles are already green so they don’t mind, but there’s still no word yet on how the fish and beavers feel.
3. Drink Guinness.
Worldwide consumption of that Irish beer more than doubles on St. Patrick’s Day, to 13 million pints. Get in on the action (responsibly)! Bonus points if your beer is green.
4. Visit the Irish capital of Nebraska.
The town of O’Neill (so rightfully named) paints the world’s largest shamrock in the middle of town. There’s also a dramatic reading of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham.
5. Make an extra (or early) payment on your student loan.
Maybe this isn’t a tradition…yet. But it should be. Why? Because it’ll save you money in the long run, and what could honor Saint Patrick more than a little extra green? Sign up for SmarterBucks and you could even earn extra student loan payments that pay down any student loan!