Americans drop $4.5 billion for St. Patrick’s Day

The cultural holiday is big business in the U.S. Check out the various costs of St. Paddy’s.

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The average American shells out $35 every St. Patrick’s Day, a total of $4.5 billion each year. Nearly half of all Americans report celebrating the holiday. A big chunk of that money ($245 million) is dedicated to beer sales alone.

Comparatively, the $1,500 it costs to dye the Chicago River green every year is a pittance.

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