DAYTON BUSINESS: 5 things to know about St. Patrick’s Day

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We go inside the Dublin Pub for St. Patrick's Day.

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At least $5.3 billion is expected to be spent on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and three Ohio cities ranked in the top places to party for the holiday.

Akron, Cleveland and Cincinnati all ranked in the top 20 cities for St. Patrick’s Day festivities, according to a new report from WalletHub. The best cities were determined by metrics like weather, lowest price for a three-start hotel and how many Irish pubs and restaurants each place had.

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Here are five things to know about the holiday’s impact on business and the economy:

1. The holiday is one of the booziest days of the years, according to the report. St. Patty's Day ranked 4th for most popular drinking days, and more than 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on Friday.

2. That's a lot of beer, which increased alcohol-related car crashes considerably in 2015. About 75 percent of car crashes on St. Patrick's Day involved a driver who consumed twice the legal limit, according to the report, and 30 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the holiday weekend in 2015.

3. More than 56 percent of Americans plan to celebrate the holiday, and the average partier will spend about $38 on St. Patrick's Day.

4. More than 82 percent of partiers will wear green, and more than 31 percent of Americans plan to cook a special dinner on St. Patrick's Day.

5. So where should you spend the day? These places ranked as the top party cities for the holiday:

1. Buffalo

2. Madison

3. Boston

4. Cedar Rapids

5. Worcester

6. Pittsburgh

7. Akron

8. Tampa

9. Philadelphia

10. Cleveland

11. Naperville

12. Rochester

13. Cincinnati

14. Chicago

15. Springfield, Mass.

16. Springfield, Mo.

17. St. Paul

18. Overland Park

19. Sioux Falls

20. Grand Rapids


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