This year, Saint Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday so I'm curious – will city and state workers in Suffolk County be off on Monday, will City Hall and the State offices in Suffolk County shut down, and will parking, trash, and liquor sales be impacted for the day? You'll find the answers below.
I do know that a lot of people will be taking advantage of the weekend date to come to Boston. Questions about where to stay, which Irish Pub to visit, and how to get around the city have popped up over on the Boston Trip Advisor forum. It looks like visitors are coming here from all over the country and especially from Ireland.
Do you celebrate Saint Patrick's Day?
- What are your traditions for his yearly festival of all things Irish?
- Who makes your favorite brown bread or Irish soda bread? Scones?
- Are you going to the parade on Sunday?
- (Here's how to get there via the MBTA.) This link will disappear after the holiday.
- Will you be wearin' the green?
- (Here's a post on where to buy or rent all sorts of wearables!)
About your holiday questions...
"All holidays falling on Sunday must be observed on Monday, under state law. Saturday holidays are observed on Saturday."
A call to the Secretary of State's office confirmed that State Government no longer shuts down on Evacuation Day. State offices will be open.
The day is not listed on Boston's list of holidays that change parking regulations or trash pick up, but the meters are free on Sunday anyway (details here), and there is no trash pick up scheduled. A call to city hall confirmed that it will be open on Monday!
Basically, everything is open. But, in the past, the city has asked South Boston liquor stores and bars to cut off sales early. Here's the city's press release from last year. And, Boston.com reported that Police Superintendent William Evans said they would be doing the same this year.
Some MBTA routes in South Boston will be changed because of the parade. Here's the list. (This link will disappear after the holiday.)
We'll update as press releases come out from around the city.
Update: 03.16.13: Here's the City Traffic Advisory to St. Patrick's Day Events.
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