By Caroline Hailey, Contributor
Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland, wasn't even born in Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century before being kidnapped when he was 16 years old and taken to Ireland as a slave. He managed to escape, but later returned to the country to convert Irish people to Christianity. He established monasteries, churches and schools. Patrick was rumored to have driven snakes out of Ireland and to have used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 and Ireland came to celebrate him each year on that date with religious services and feasts.
People in the U.S. have celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 17 for centuries. The first St. Patrick's Day Parade in the U.S. happened in Boston in 1737. Chicago's well-known practice of dyeing its river green started in 1962. While the holiday has religious roots, many of the celebrations in the U.S. are focused on Irish food and drinks and generally having a good time.
23 St. Patrick's Day 2016 Deals, Sales and Specials
Whether you're Irish or not, there are a plethora of St. Patrick's Day deals, discounts and special offerings that you can take advantage of from national restaurants, stores, and more. Check out the list below so you don't miss out.
Great Deals on Food and Drink
- Brio Tuscan Grille: You can get a $10 discount if you buy two entrees that are $8.95 or more until March 18.
- IHOP: Guests who wear green will receive one short stack of buttermilk pancakes for $1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 17.
- Bar Louie: Enjoy $4 green beer and $5 Jameson at most Bar Louie locations all day on March 17 and March 18.
- Sonic: All shakes are half-off all day on March 17.
- Marie Callender's: Now through March 17, get a free breakfast entree at all restaurant locations with purchase of any breakfast entree and two beverages with this printable coupon.
- Honey Dew Donuts: In honor of St. Patrick's Day, you can get a medium Irish Cream coffee for just $1.19 until March 13.
- R MAC's Publick House: On St. Patrick's Day, enjoy jumbo snow crabs all-you-can eat for $28.95, as well as cheap burgers and domestic beers.
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Send Some St. Paddy's Day Love
- Kay Jewelers: Customers can get 20 percent off most St. Patrick's Day themed jewelry and bridal jewelry from March 17 to March 20.
- Teleflora: Take 25 percent off St. Patrick's Day flowers through March 18 with code AFLSPADDY25.
- 1-800-Flowers: Get 15 percent off St. Patrick's Day purchases through March 18 with code LUCKYFFTN.
- Shari's Berries: Order any hand-dipped St. Patrick's Day treats for someone special -- or yourself -- and save 20 percent with code LUCKY20.
Treat Yourself to a Taste of the Irish for a Limited Time
- Tilted Kilt: Now until March 17, enjoy the special "Irish Hooley Menu" which includes everything from classic fish and chips to scotch eggs to shepherd's pie.
- Arby's: The special Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake is back for the entire month of March.
- Burger King: The new Oreo Irish Mint Shake is available now until March 19.
- McDonald's: The Shamrock Shake is back until March 19.
- Marble Slab Creamery: Order a Mint Chocolate Meltdown Cake for St. Paddy's Day until March 17.
Other St. Patrick's Day Specials
- Six Flags: It's a good time to buy season passes to get ready for a summer at Six Flags. The St. Patrick's Day sale can help you save up to 54 percent on passes.
- Glasses Shop: Take 25 percent off green, golden or orange eyeglasses at GlassesShop.com until March 17 with code STPATS25.
- KegWorks: Take 20 percent off select nitro draft beer equipment, Guinness and stout glasses, shot glasses, flasks, Jell-O shot supplies, bar decor and more at KegWorks.com now until 11:59 p.m. on March 17. Use promo code BLACKGOLD.
- Finish Line: Take $15 off online orders of $150 or more with promo code 15STPATRICK150 from PromoCodeWatch.com until March 31. Restrictions apply.
- Joe's New Balance Outlet: Get free shipping on orders of $99 or more with promo code SHAMROCK until March 26.
- Julep: First-time customers can take 50 percent off the Julep Beauty Box when they use promo code GLAMROCK. Deal expires March 26.
- Paper Mart: Take up to 30 percent off St. Patrick's Day bags, boxes and ribbon until March 17.
Whether you're going out drinking or just doing some shopping, have fun this St. Paddy's Day. No matter what you do, be sure you're snagging some great deals and saving some green while you're at it.
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