St. Patrick’s Day

Check Out These Shamrockin’ St. Patty’s Week Events In Ocean County!

Well, it's finally here! Top O' The Mornin' to ya, Saint Patrick's Week has arrived! That means tons of Irish fun for all ages around Ocean County! With St Patrick's Day and the wearin' of the green coming up on Friday, many events have been planned for not just the day, but this whole week. Of course, many people recognize St Patrick's Day as a time to go out to an Irish pub, where suddenly everyone is from the Emerald Isle. [caption id="attachment_871415" align="alignnone" width="300"] PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: Fans show their support with novelty shamrock glasses during the third round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 20, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)[/caption] However, St Patrick's fun can be had not only with beer and revelry but with some other fun and creative activities. Luckily, here in Ocean County, we have some very creative folks and organizations who really want everyone to be involved in this prelude to springtime. From Irish painting classes in Tuckerton to an authentic Irish tea in Toms River. Traditional Irish music at the Ocean County Library, to St. Patty's cake decorating in Waretown. If you look hard enough, you can without a doubt find just the perfect way for you to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Oh, and celebrate you should! [caption id="attachment_871412" align="alignnone" width="300"] PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 17: Spray painted leprechauns, shamrocks, and beer pints are seen outside of McGillin's Olde Ale House on March 17, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The oldest continuously operating tavern in the city keeps it's holiday tradition of dyeing beer green during the celebration, as restrictions start to ease during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)[/caption] Some history! [caption id="attachment_871418" align="alignnone" width="300"] LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: A statue of St Patrick is carried during the St Patrick's Day parade through central London on March 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)[/caption] According to Wikipedia, St Patrick's Day is held on March 17th, as that is the date of the death of St. Patrick. the foremost patron saint of Ireland. The day commemorates him, and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. It also celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish people in general. So, where does beer drinking come from? Well, historically, the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day. Thus, propagating the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption. Well then! The more you know. In closing, regardless of whether you imbibe or not on St. Patrick's Day, be safe, have fun, and be sure to cast your smilin' Irish eyes on this list of fun stuff to do this week in Ocean County, as we all become Irish, if not for the week, then just on Friday. Slante'! Thanks to our good friends at Ocean County Tourism for their help with this great list. Find out more events at their website:

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