No blarney here: the Pocono Mountains has St. Patrick's Day festivities for everyone! If you can't get away to the Emerald Isle, celebrate March 17 with a trip to the Poconos. Get decked out in green and shamrocks to cheer on a St. Paddy's Day Parade, enjoy corned beef and cabbage for dinner with a side of live music, or party the night away with drink specials and entertainment.
Irish immigrants have played an important part in the rich history of our region. Why not spend some time taking a trip to the past at local museums, followed by a stop at an authentic Irish pub. Browse the ideas below to plan a St. Patrick's Day in the Poconos that'll be just grand.
Attend the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Stroudsburg
1. Attend the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Stroudsburg
The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Stroudsburg will step off at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2022 in front of Stroudsburg High School on Main Street. Hosted by the Pocono Irish American Club, the popular procession has brought thousands into town to enjoy the marching bands, bagpipers, leprechauns and local businesses as they wind their way to Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg.
Stroudsburg's Siamsa Irish Pub is like a piece of Ireland transported to the heart of the Poconos. Enjoy the authentic decor as you sip a pint of Guinness or savor a full meal. The menu is full of hearty traditional favorites like bangers and mash, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd's pie.
Discover Hibernian Heritage in Jim Thorpe
2. Discover Hibernian Heritage in Jim Thorpe
A visit to beautiful Jim Thorpe might just be the next best thing to a visit to Dublin. The winding, old world streets are home to modern shops and eateries to explore, and there's a strong Irish heritage in the area. When the borough was first founded in the early nineteenth century, many Irish immigrants helped build the town and worked in the nearby anthracite coal mines. Some, like James Dolon, rose to prominent positions and built beautiful homes like the The Dolon House, now a bed and breakfast.
Life was a struggle for many early Irish arrivals in Jim Thorpe, then known as Mauch Chunk. A controversial and notorious court trial in the 1870s condemned a group of miners known as the Molly Maguires; their history is memorialized in the Old Jail Museum, open for tours throughout the warmer months. Watch the St. Patrick's Day segment below from Pocono Television to learn more!
When it's time to eat after a day exploring Jim Thorpe and the surrounding Lehigh Gorge, look no further than Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse, located on the first floor of Hotel Switzerland. The Behan family from Dublin, Ireland has run this neighborhood pub for over two decades. Enjoy a meal or drink specials like Murphy's Irish Stout, Smithwicks Irish Ale or a Baileys Irish Martini.
Feast on Delicious Irish Fare
3. Feast on Delicious Irish Fare
Pair your favorite Irish foods with great live music performances at farm-to-table restaurants in Hawley! Enjoy Gaelic dishes and specials during the St. Patrick's Day Celebration at The Settlers Inn as you listen to tunes from the Blarney Boys.
St. Patrick's Day at Glass will feature live music from John "Patrick" Curtin as well as festive menu specials at Glass - Wine.Bar.Kitchen. Savor your Irish feast with a view of stunning Paupack Falls right outside the restaurant windows.
Celebrate at Cove Pocono Resorts
4. Celebrate at Cove Pocono Resorts
Looking to keep the good times going until the wee hours of the morning? Cove Pocono Resorts will be hosting St. Patrick's Day celebrations at all three of their properties throughout the region: Cove Haven Resort, Paradise Stream and Pocono Palace. Experience the luck of the Irish in the Land of Love: book an overnight stay to enjoy a variety of themed activities, drink specials and more.
Plan an early spring escape this St. Paddy’s Day to enjoy the Irish festivities and the fresh air in the Poconos. Check out more things to do throughout the region, browse our restaurants and dining, and find great places to stay.
Slán go foill and Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Pocono Mountains!