Irish-American Heritage Month and St. Patrick’s Day: March 2018

Irish-American Heritage Month and St. Patrick’s Day: March 2018

The U.S. Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991, and the president issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year.

Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick ’s Day, has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948.

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys. The US Department of Census appreciates the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places and economy.

Did You Know?

32.3 million or 10%
The number and percentage of U.S. residents who claimed Irish ancestry in 2016.

The number of foreign-born U.S. residents who reported Ireland as their birthplace in 2016.

See a detailed profile on the Irish population from the 2016 American Community Survey HERE.

Sources: 2016 American Community Survey, US Census