May 30, 2020

Today in History: St. Patrick’s Day

Erin is calling

Today in History–March 17–the Library of Congress features St. Patrick’s Day. This Irish and Irish-American holiday commemorates the death of the patron saint of Ireland who, as legend has it, died on this date circa 492. The holiday has been celebrated in the United States since the 18th century. Across the country today, many people celebrate with parades and by wearing the color green. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to uncover St. Patrick’s Day treasures from the Library.

The story of St. Patrick’s Day from America’s Library

The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Massachusetts)

The Irish of the Fifth District (New Jersey)

St. Patrick’s Day parade Lowell, Massachusetts 1905 (film)

St. Patrick’s Day images

St. Patrick’s Day message 1920 speech (audio recording & transcript)

The hat my father wore on St. Patrick’s Day (1909 song recording)

Reminiscences of Ireland (1902 song recording)

More Irish song recordings and stories

St. Patrick’s Day books & articles

St. Patrick’s Day historical newspaper coverage

St. Patrick’s Day U.S. contemporary legislation

Library blog posts

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