Celebrating St. Patrick's Day? Compare Your Spending, Plans

Published: Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 5:05am
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According to the National Retail Federation’s annual St. Patrick's Day survey, more than 125 million Americans will celebrate the holiday, with the average person spending $36.52.

While Saint Patrick’s Day is most popular among the 18 to 24-year-old crowd, with 70 percent celebrating, the survey finds the biggest spenders are those between 25-34 years old at an average of $42.58.

What people are buying:

  • 56.5 percent will buy food or drinks
  • 28 percent will buy apparel or accessories
  • 23.3 percent will buy decorations
  • 17.2 percent will buy candy

What people are doing:

  • 82.1 percent will wear green
  • 31.3 percent will make a special dinner
  • 28.7 will attend a party at a bar or restaurant
  • 21.1 percent will attend a private party
  • 28.8 percent will decorate homes or offices in an Irish theme