How America celebrates
More than 125 million Americans plan to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day this year and are expected to spend an average of $35.37 per person, down slightly from last year’s $36.52.
Total spending for the March 17 holiday is expected to reach $4.4 billion based on the U.S. population 18 and older, according to National Retail Federation’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Spending Survey.
People plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in many different ways. According to the survey, 82.1 percent will wear green, 31.3 percent plan to make a special dinner, 28.7 percent will head to a party at a bar or restaurant, and 21.1 percent will attend a private party. In addition, 22.8 percent plan to decorate their homes or offices in an Irish theme.