Feeling lucky? Whether you are or not, you need to experience St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah this year! This St. Patty’s Day celebration is the second largest of its kind in the country (second only to New York’s). Below, we’ve compiled everything you need to know before you channel the luck of the Irish in the heart of the Lowcountry! After a day full of festive fun, you’ll love coming back to comfort and luxury in nearby Bluffton, SC. For a complete list of the area’s hidden gems, best restaurants, local boutiques, and more, be sure to claim your free Bluffton Vacation Guide!
How to Best Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah
Plan Your Transportation and Parking in Advance
Since it’s one of the country’s largest, the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day celebration requires a little bit of planning. You’ll want to expect large crowds and congested streets. That said, be sure to choose your preferred parking garage (and a back-up) in advance if you’re planning on driving to and from the parade. We recommend either carpooling or using a ride-hailing service like Uber or Lyft if you plan on consuming alcohol. Minimizing traffic in downtown Savannah and staying safe should be among your highest priorities!
Know the Parade Time and Route
As important as knowing how you’ll get to the parade is knowing the parade’s starting time and route. This year, expect the parade to start around 10:15 a.m. on March 16. We recommend arriving downtown as early as possible to beat the crowds and find a seat in the bleachers. Be sure to also check the parade route and road closures in advance!
Enjoy Being Part of Savannah’s Sea of Green!
The most important advice we can give you ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration is to simply enjoy yourself! In addition to Savannah’s usual charming shops, award-winning restaurants, and historic landmarks, St. Patty’s Day Weekend brings even more unique sights to see. Aside from the parade, be sure to see the fountain in Forsyth Park for a stunning surprise! Finally, you’d be remiss not to grab a green beer and enjoy it as you walk the streets (Savannah doesn’t have open container laws prohibiting this).
After enjoying the festivities in Savannah, come back to a beautifully appointed, comfortable room at Old Town Bluffton Inn! Our brand new inn is only a 30-minute drive away from Georgia’s “First City,”, but feels worlds away. After all, you’ll want to escape the crowds and enjoy some much-needed tranquility post-parade. You’ll love getting a good night’s sleep in your gorgeous room and sipping premium espresso from our complimentary breakfast bar! There are even plenty of cozy shopping spots, cafes, and art galleries within walking distance of the inn. Whether you prefer exploring the streets of Savannah or poking around The Promenade, Old Town Bluffton Inn is an incredible place to stay.