St. Patrick’s Day 2020 in DC area: What you need to know

UPDATE 3/11 11 a.m.: D.C.’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has been postponed, the committee board announced on its website.

“This decision was not made lightly and was done out of caution to ensure the safety and health of the thousands of attendees from the Washington area that attend the parade every year,” the website read.

“Rather than canceling, we are postponing our annual celebration for an event and date still to be determined.”

Original story follows:

It’s time for revelry, shamrocks and (probably) a healthy amount of booze. Here’s everything you need to know about St. Patrick’s Day 2020.



Note: The D.C. parade has been postponed. WTOP will update this story when a new date is announced.

More information is available at the parade’s FAQ page.


Gaithersburg, Maryland, is holding its St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday at 10 a.m. The route is along Grand Corner Ave., starting at Rio Boulevard.

Gaithersburg parade route. Click to enlarge.


Manassas, Virginia, is holding its St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon in Old Town Manassas. The parade can be viewed along Center Street.


It’s important to pick a quality bar, and there are plenty of risks when it comes to deciding on an establishment to spend the drunkest of holidays in.

So you can thank your lucky charms that WTOP staff has these superior recommendations:

The Dubliner

Phoenix Park Hotel, 4 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Nanny O’Briens Pub

3319 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.


808 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Ireland’s Four Courts

2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub

713 King St., Alexandria, Va.

Ireland’s Four Provinces

105 W Broad St., Falls Church, Va.

The Celtic House Irish Pub & Restaurant

2500 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.

Stay safe and drink responsibly.

Eirinn go Brach!

Planned Metro trackwork

Several Metrorail lines will be impacted by planned trackwork this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The Blue, Yellow and Silver lines will single track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory all day both Saturday and Sunday.

The Red Line is shut down between Takoma and Glenmont (Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations will be closed).

And the Green Line will single track between Naylor Road and Branch Avenue.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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