5 Reasons St. Patrick's Day Is The Best Holiday

5 Reasons St. Patrick's Day Is The Best Holiday

I promise it's not just because it's my birthday.


The best holiday debate is a hard one. Do you pick the holidays that are family-centered? The ones with the best food? The ones where you get gifts? Every single holiday is unique. So how do you compare them all in the first place? Well, fear no more because the answer is here. St. Patrick's Day is the holiday that reigns over the rest, and here are five reasons why.

1. The Origin Story

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, actually started out as a slave in Ireland. While there, he converted to Christianity and when he returned to Ireland years later he started to spread the religion. There's also a theory that he made the shamrock popular by using it to teach the Irish about the Christian Holy Trinity. There's also a rumor that he banished all the snakes out of Ireland, but there weren't any snakes to begin with. The holiday began as a celebration of Christianity coming to Ireland and has slowly morphed into a celebration of Irish culture. So there's a bit more to the holiday than drinking and wearing green.

2. The Symbol

We have the shamrock, which St. Patrick used to explain the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Shamrocks are also seen as symbols of faith, hope, and love. Four leaf clovers are basically shamrocks but they add in luck with their fourth leaf.

3. The Color

Personally I've never seen someone look bad in green.

4. The Festivities

I couldn't even stay out late after turning 21 at midnight because all of the bars were closing early to prepare to St. Patrick's Day. It really is an all day affair. Cities and bars have their own celebrations. There are parades. The Chicago River is dyed green. It's a whole thing.

5. The Atmosphere

You don't have to stress out about buying gifts. You don't have to worry about your entire family being stuffed in one house. The only clothing requirement is that it's green. There's an entire list of why this holiday is the best - but overall the atmosphere of people just enjoying themselves and having a good time finishes it off.

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15 Fourth Of July Fun Facts And Trivia

The United States of America: Land of the free, home of the brave.

Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year! Full of outside, summer fun, barbecued foods, and firework displays. Behind all of that, however, is history! In celebration of our nation's Independence Day, here are 15 fun facts and pieces of trivia:

1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

2. The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.

3. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.

4. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)

5. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 240 years later, 311 million people live.

6. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

7. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

8. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.

9. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.

10. Most of the signers of the Declaration did not formally sign until August 2, 1776.

11. Though it is no treasure map as predicted by Nicholas Cage in "Treasure Hunt 2", the message "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

12. More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July!

13. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!

14. In 1781, the great state of Massachusetts became the first one to declare Independence Day a holiday

15. Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display is the largest in the United States

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A 17 Step Guide To Survive St. Paddy's Day

Because on March 17th, everyone is Irish.


St. Paddy's Day, a day to celebrate the death of the patron saint of Ireland.

Or a day to get totally bombed. Whatever you want. If you're not in church praying all of St. Paddy's prayers, you're probably in a bar covered in green (like most). If you find yourself in this situation, you have come to the right place! We have consulted a veteran celebrator of St. Paddy's Day to tell us how we can survive the day and actually enjoy it.

1. Get cookin'! Whether you are a parade-goer or a bar crawler, start your day with a nice big breakfast.

Wanna go Irish breakfast? According to Spruce Eats, "All full Irish breakfasts include some or all of the following: Bacon, sausages, baked beans, eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and perhaps some cooked leftover potatoes made into a hash or a bubble and squeak (yes, we looked that up for you). There will also be toast, butter, marmalade, and lots of tea to drink."

2. With that being said, do not JUST eat breakfast. Snack throughout the day

Gina Shields

Your stomach will thank you.

3. Hydrate ya' self


No, not with beer. Put that glass down. Get some H2O into that system if you even want to last untill 5!

4. Don't rush it. Pace yourself

Gina Shields

You'll be everywhere and probably out for a long time. If you want to last the day, pace yourself! Tapping out at 2 p.m. is no way to celebrate Paddy's Day. He wouldn't want that for you.

5. Pick the right group to go out with. You will have so much more fun this way.

Sarah Mcquillan

P.S. Safety first! One of your group members should be someone who likes to be responsible. They'll have enough fun but will ensure you get home okay. Trust us, you'll thank us later for this.



Come on now. This is a given. Lyft and Uber have free ride coupons if you're a new user or if you refer a friend! Grab a ride with your friends and split the price. It's either this or court fees and jail time.

7. Take A LOT of pictures! (And please, make sure one of y'all has a charger!)

Madyson Thompson

When the details of the day start to get fuzzy it can help remember your night. And they're usually good for a good laugh. But you can't have any of that if you have a dead phone! Bring a charger!

8. Always go out with Aspirin/Advil/Ibuprofen. Take your pick.


Between the bagpipes, loud music and overall merriment of the day, you will be thankful you brought that little container with you. Also, take some before bed with a big glass of water and your hangover won't be as unbearable.

9. Do an Irish Jig! Even if you don't know how to, just hop around and have fun with it!

Rachel Goldfield

Worried about embarrassment? 1. Everyone will most likely not remember 2. Who gives a shit? You're having fun! 3. If someone records, you will have something to laugh at the next day.

Moral of this step: have fun. Don't worry about what people think. Jump around and have fun with it!

10. It's the weekend of Irish Whiskeys. Know them. Love them.


Whiskeys like Jameson, Tullamore Dew, and Bushmills (some of the most popular ones) are best served with water or on the rocks. Before you start downing yourself in Jameson shots, see if your bartender has any specials or suggestions! There are some cool concoctions that include whiskey!

11. Traveling? Plan ahead! Find out where the locals go to avoid crowds and long lines.

Samantha Wylesol

Major cities like Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Savannah are usually hot spots to visit if you are in the United States. Plan ahead by seeing where the locals go.

12. Irish music is best live, so find a bar featuring one!


They'll play all your favorite Dropkick Murphys.

13. That being said, try a ticketed bar crawl around these cities!

Taylor Cline

They usually take you to some of the best spots. They might even offer specials, swag, and some have buses taking you where you need to go (or discounted transportation), so no worrying about driving!

Philadelphia: Erin Express (FREE), The Shamrock Crawl, LUCK OF THE IRISH ST PADDY'S PUB CRAWL

Boston: Irish Stroll, Kegs N' Eggs

Chicago: Chicago River Crawl, The Five Saints Bar Crawl

Savannah: River Street

Not your city?? There are still a TON of ticketed bar crawls. A simple google search will bring up a few! There are a ton more than these, too! These are just some options.

14. Get festive! It's not every day you can go out in a green tutu or be covered in shamrocks. 

Gina Shields

Green everything, please.

15. Know your limit

Gina Shields

If you're drinking all day, there comes a time where you need to stop. Just because you're at a new bar doesn't mean you have to drink. You want to enjoy yourself.

16. Alright, we have to address the proper Irish Car Bomb etiquette.


Not all bars sell them, so ask if you want one! You'll get the occasional great bartender who knows what they are doing, but you also might get one who refuses to serve it because of the controversy behind it. If and when you take one, take it fast, but let's actually drink it and not have it end up all over ourselves.

17. Obviously (the most important step), have fun, stay safe, and Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Jenny Getts

Special thanks to our veteran celebrator Gina Shields for helping us have the best St. Paddy's Day we possibly can!

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