Saint Patrick’s Day began its celebratory roots in Ireland in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick. When Irish immigrants immigrated to America, they brought with them the celebration, which has now morphed into an annual celebration of the culture of Ireland. Now, cities like San Antonio, Chicago, and Tampa use non-toxic dye to dye their rivers green in honor of the holiday, and elementary schools across the nation set up leprechaun traps to get the elusive leprechaun that visits on St Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to check out your local base for seasonal gatherings and celebrations.
Navy MWR Key West has a planned St. Patrick’s Day on March 15th at the Sunset Lounge Bar on Sigsbee Park, complete with a 3-piece Irish Folk Acoustic band, themed dinner and drink specials, and celebratory games. There is even a free T-shirt for the first 100 patrons.
Navy MWR Saratoga Springs has a seasonal craft planned on March 8th – a DIY St. Patrick’s Day coasters. Register by March 6th to ensure a spot. This is open to all eligible MWR patrons, with priority to Liberty Members.
The panhandle of Florida is not to be outdone with Navy MWR Whiting Field’s St. Patrick’s themed Fun Run and Pet Party. Run in all green gear and enjoy puppy challenges throughout the day with prizes for different categories.
NAVSTA Norfolk MWR is also holding a St. Patricks Day fun – a 5k! Registration ends on March 4th.
The Marine Corps Air Station at Camp Pendleton is holding its annual Shamrock Stampede – s 10K, 5K, and 2K kids run on the air station runway. The entry fee depends on the category of patron participating. Enjoy Get Your Green On free mini golf at Lake O’Neill.
Fort Liberty is promoting a Shamrock Skate at Cleland Ice Rink – show up in all things green, and well, shamrocks, to skate away with Irish-themed music. Cost is $10.
MCCS Hawaii has several St. Patrick’s Day-themed fun – the 5K Fun Run, a Block Party, and a meal cooked by Chef Robert Irvine. Check out the information for registration and activities here.
Most, if not every, library on military post will offer some St. Patrick’s Day themed activity – Storytime and/or craft. The chow halls will offer Irish fare of corned beef and cabbage or Irish Stew, and check out the bakery at the commissary for green goodies.
The beauty of each military base is the unique features and offerings of the bases. The activities showcase what there is to offer and how to celebrate the season with some fun local fun.
What are you doing this St. Patrick’s Day? Is your base holding a fun event?