The week is finally here! St. Patrick's Day is coming up on Saturday and I. Am. PUMPED! I absolutely love St. Patrick's Day, partially because I'm Irish, and partially because I enjoy holidays where I get to dress festively and day drink. Irish or not, people all across America will be celebrating St. Paddy's Day this weekend, including right here in Cedar Rapids. And, I have some good news for those of you planning to spend your Saturday in CR: you are in one of the 50 BEST cities to celebrate!

According to WalletHub, both Cedar Rapids and Des Moines made the list of the 50 best cities for St. Patrick's Day celebrations. They looked at the 200 biggest cities in the U.S. and used 17 key metrics to determine their rankings. Des Moines beat us by just a little bit, coming in at number 30, but Cedar Rapids wasn't far behind at number 39. We came in 49th place for cost, 44th for traditions, and 33rd for safety and accessibility. The only category we did poorly in is weather, but this is the Midwest. We know what we've gotten ourselves into.

I'm also happy to announce that Cedar Rapids came in 3rd place overall for "highest % of Irish population."

If you still want to get away for the St. Patrick's Day holiday, the top three cities are Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.

Where will you be celebrating St. Paddy's Day this year? Share your favorite place to go in the comments below!

[Via WalletHub]

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