Now that Valentine’s Day is behind us we can focus on what’s important in life, getting ready to buy a ton of corn beef, cabbage, and Reubens and drink all the green beer for St. Patrick’s Day. Irish bars and pubs all over the country will be once again, getting ready for one of the biggest bar nights of the year. Meanwhile, grocery stores will be filling the aisles with all sorts of green goods to get people in the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day.

But what are some of the best places to celebrate this holiday? Irish bars and pubs are a must if you’re going to celebrate, but what city has the best celebration? It turns out one of the best cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in is a short drive away from Southwest Michigan.

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It’s no question that Chicago, Illinois turns up every March 17. Every year they dye the river green with a mysterious concoction, which is so celebrated that the formula is a closely guarded secret, as U.S News Travel hits on:

The Windy City's annual dyeing of the Chicago River has become one of the world's most recognized St. Patrick's Day traditions. The annual ritual dates back to 1961 when Stephen Bailey, the manager of Chicago's local plumbers union, saw a plumber's white overalls stained the perfect shade of green while pouring dye into the river to detect sanitation leaks. After making this discovery, Bailey suggested using the dye for future St. Paddy's Day celebrations. Childhood friend and former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley agreed, sparking an annual tradition that continues to this day. 

10 Michigan Cities With St. Patrick's Day Celebrations to Enjoy

St. Patrick's Day is coming up on Thursday, March 17, 2022, and there are a lot of great places in Michigan to celebrate. Check out the parties in 10 different cities here.