In New York City, everything seems a little louder and a little bigger. St. Patrick’s Day in New York is no exception. This Irish holiday is a big deal in a city that once welcomed so many immigrants from across the ocean. All across town (and the state) there are ways to celebrate. If you live near the Big Apple or you’re planning a trip for mid-March, read on for our best tips for enjoying the day in your LaGuardia Airport car rental.
First, keep your transportation needs in mind. We don’t just mean requesting a green LaGuardia Airport car rental (though you’re certainly free to try)! Once you decide which events for St. Patrick’s Day in New York you’d like to attend, be mindful of traffic issues in your LaGuardia Airport car rental—especially if you want to see a parade. We’d still recommend renting a vehicle as it is the most cost effective and safest way to get around (look up New York and LaGuardia Airport car rental company reviews for your best options). However, depending on what you decide, you may want to park farther away from the event and use public transportation for the last mile. And if you decide to partake in the green beer, just leave your LaGuardia Airport rental car at the hotel.
Here are some suggestions for enjoying St. Patrick’s Day in New York:
The New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 17
This is one of the best family-friendly events in the city, and it kicks off on March 17 at 11 AM. The parade starts at 44th Street, marching up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Day Cathedral at 50th Street all the way to 79th Street. It will wrap up between 4:30 and 5 PM at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street. If you’d like to attend part of the parade, you can always plan your route around the other activities you’d like to do that day. After all, it’s a five hour event and covers a lot of ground.
DAYBREAKERR NYC: Leprechauns, Bling & Rainbows – March 16
Looking for a healthy way to kick off the holiday? This event kicks off at 6 AM on March 16. Hit the dance floor to get in a good workout, sip some green juice and grab a refreshing Cold Brew coffee. The talented DJs and early bird crowd will give you the energy boost you need to survive the chaos of St. Patrick’s Day.
Leprechaun Viewing, Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg – March 17
Remember this old movie starring Jennifer Aniston before her Friends days? This St. Patrick’s Day in New York Nitehawk Cinema will host a 9:30 pm showing of Leprechaun. This is one event where having a LaGuardia Airport car rental will come in handy.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Merchant’s House Museum – March 17
Why not celebrate the holiday by learning more about its historical relevance in New York? The city’s only preserved 19th century home is offering tours of its fourth floor servants’ quarters, which have been carefully restored and repainted in their original colors. Learn about the daily successes and struggles of the Irish immigrant staff in the mid-19th century.
If you’re still around on March 18, don’t miss the candlelight haunted house tour. The tour uncovers the mysteries of some bizarre occurrences that took place in the servants’ quarters.
Enjoy an authentic Irish Meal
New York City and its surrounding areas are home to some of the best Irish restaurants in the country. If you’re craving some bangers and mash or other Irish delights, here are a few suggestions for where to head:
- Brendan’s Bar & Grill, 42 West 35th Street – Brendan’s offers delicious Irish food and beautiful architecture. Try the Shepherd’s Pie, which comes topped with mashed potatoes.
- McHale’s Bar & Grill, 251 West 51st Street – This charming Irish bar serves Irish style curly fries and and irresistible chicken pot pie. They’ll be slammed on St. Patrick’s Day itself, so come early or prepare to wait awhile.
- O’Donoghue’s Pub and Restaurant, 156 West 44th Street – This authentic Irish pub takes reservations, so you won’t have to wait for your pint and your Guinness Beef Stew.
- Langan’s Bar & Restaurant, 150 West 47th Street – This is the spot to go for late night dining, so stop by for some sliders after your pub crawl. If you come for dinner, note that they’ll have a special St. Patrick’s Day menu full of traditional favorites.
- Rosie O’Grady’s, 800 7th Avenue – From the traditional fish and chips to the Seafood Shepherd’s Pie, their menu is packed with delicious options.
We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day in New York!
St. Patrick’s Day in New York is a busy time! Make sure to reserve your LaGuardia Airport car rental early to avoid disappointment.