Americans will spend approximately $4.6 billion today in order to “properly” honor St. Patrick’s Day.
Here are some fun (& in some cases not so fun) facts:
1. 82.4% of Americans who celebrate will wear green.
2. $36.50 is the average amount that celebrants will spend on associated merchandise or food & drink
3. There is a 70% increase in cabbage orders that are shipped to the stores
4. 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed world-wide today.
5. St. Patrick’s Day is ranked fourth in the most popular “drinking days”. Behind New Years Eve, Christmas & Fourth of July.
7. 75% of the fatal crashes that occur on St. Patrick’s Day involve a driver driving at least 2x over the legal limit
8. 33.3 Million number of U.S. residents that claim Irish decent. 7x greater than the population of Ireland.
9. 52.3% of Americans that will celebrate today/Irish or Irish by association.
Have fun today. Utilize a “Designated Driver” Be Safe….
Statistics sourced from Staff Report; Sarasota Herald Tribune (03/17/2015)