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History of St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick's Day, the religious feast day and anniversary of St. Patrick's death, is celebrated on March 17. This day has been observed in Ireland for thousands of years as a religious holiday. Boston first publicly celebrated St. Patrick's Day in the United States in 1737. In 1762, New York City put on the first St. Patrick's Day parade, and now Ireland uses the holiday as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world. The St. Patrick's Day festival in Dublin, Ireland is a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and fireworks shows!

St. Patrick, whose given name was Maewyn, is believed to have been born in Wales in 385 AD. After being sold into slavery and escaping, Patrick was eventually appointed as the second bishop of Ireland, where he served for about thirty years. He died on March 17, 461 AD. St. Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is most credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

Be sure to wear your green this St. Patrick's Day, and don't forget to celebrate safely with Phantom Fireworks!

St. Patrick's Day Celebrated March 17

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