When it comes to celebrating the big holidays, any major city or town will have fun events happening. Christmas is Christmas no matter where you are in the country. However, minor holidays, like St. Patrick's Day, can be celebrated very differently depending on where you are. Some towns don't have any official events to celebrate the Irish in all of us. Other cities go all out with parades, pub crawls and plenty of wild Irish fun around every corner.
Summit County, Colorado tends to go all out for the wearing of the green. It so happens that the holiday falls right in the middle of our spring break season and being a resort area, there are usually lots of people ready to hit the town even when St. Pat's falls in the middle of the week. You'll see people hit the slopes at all of the local ski resorts in crazy leprechaun costumes. Many local restaurants will serve traditional Irish dinners including corn beef and cabbage or shepherd's pie. The Irish pubs are usually packed, and other bars will serve green beer and offer great discounts on Irish whiskey. (Keep in mind that drinking alcohol at high altitudes is an entirely different experience, so you might want to take it a little easier than you normally might on this holiday.)
Of course, half the fun is just seeing the way the Irish Spirit travels all throughout Summit County. Many businesses decorate for the holiday and sell special St. Patrick's Day inspired items that would be a wonderful souvenir of the year you spent St. Patrick's Day partying with the mountain folk! (Be prepared, mountain folk know how to party!)
Be sure to wear your green prominently to avoid friendly pinches, and book your hotel early if you want to enjoy St. Patrick's day in the sun and snow. It so happens we just got tons of new snow, and we are expecting some sunshine the next couple of days. So it's a great time to come visit!
If you need a little something green to enhance your St. Patty's outfit, we have green socks, green t-shirts, and plenty of green jewelry!