Wearing green and spending even more! New data proves St. Patrick’s Day is turning into a costly holiday

St. Patrick’s Day 2019 will be all about both wearing green and spending green as Americans are predicted to spend more on average than ever before.

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In their annual St. Patrick’s Day consumer predictions, The National Retail Federation predicts that each American who celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in 2019 will spend on average $40.18.

That’s up from 2018’s prediction of $39.65 and 2017’s prediction of $37.92.

Despite this rise in the prediction of per person spending in 2019, the total expected spending for St. Patrick’s Day has fallen from 2018’s $5.92 billion to $5.61 billion in 2019.

Similarly, the NRF predicts a drop in the total percent of the US population celebrating. In 2018, 60 percent of Americans celebrated St. Patrick's Day, which falls to a predicted 55 percent in 2019.

Check out the interactive infographic from The National Retail Federation about their St. Patrick's Day predictions here:

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The largest age group of those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2019 are people between 18 and 34 years old, who make up nearly three-quarters of the entire demographic.

The NRF writes: “While older generations might turn to more traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations like preparing a dinner of corned beef and cabbage or attending a parade, younger consumers wholeheartedly embrace the social aspects of the holiday, planning to spend an evening at a bar or restaurant or making party plans with friends.”

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There’s one thing most people celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can agree on, according to the NRF: “Regardless of age, ethnicity or region of the country, more than 70 percent plan to wear green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.”

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