Best Cities to Celebrate Holidays: January through June


St. Patrick’s Day is next week and I’ve been making my celebration plans! If you are like me and you really like to celebrate, holidays are a fun time to do just that! And if you love to travel, they provide a perfect excuse for a quick getaway! You could make your way around the U.S., at least, just holiday hopping! But why stop there?! If there’s a great city anywhere in the world for a particular holiday, tell us about it!

January – New Year’s Day: New York City, New York. If you have never done Times Square for New Year’s Eve, it is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s kind of intense, and the friends I went with, along with the friends I made there, all agreed that it is literally something for just once in your lifetime. Lol. Have you done it before? Would you do it again? Have you not done it, but would like to?

February – Mardi Gras: New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the last Tuesday before the Lenten season starts on Ash Wednesday. Have fun, be careful, and don’t forget to grab some beignets before you go!

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One of the many Mardi Gras parades

March – St. Patrick’s Day: Chicago, Illinois. There are a lot of great cities for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! I’m actually only choosing Chicago because they dye the river green! I love it! Savannah, Georgia and Boston also come to mind, though, and I’m guessing Dublin, or anywhere in Ireland? What are your recs?

April – Earth Day: Washington, District of Columbia. NBC Washington actually did a story on the Top 10 Cities to Celebrate Earth Day. D.C. came in at #2, just behind NYC. But you don’t want to go back to NYC so soon — you were just there celebrating New Year’s!

May – Cinco de Mayo, Puebla, Mexico. May brings our first city outside of the U.S. According to the History Channel, Mexicans celebrate the 1862 Battle of Puebla in the French-Mexican War every year on May 5. Have you ever been? I never have, but now I’m curious to go.

June – Summer Solstice, Reykjavik, Iceland. You might not think to go to Iceland to celebrate the start of summer, but according to the Huffington Post, it is top destination for ringing in the vernal equinox.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Is your city the best place to celebrate a particular holiday? Tell us why in the comments, and stay tuned to part two of this article, when we look at July through December.

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