EUREKA – With over 34 million Americans claiming Irish ancestry, St. Patrick’s Day is the day we can all be Irish and one local Irish pub is celebrating their 10th year of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
St. Patrick’s Day is a day of wearing green, parades and of course drinking and Gallagher’s Irish Pub has gone all out, since this is their biggest day of the year.
"It's been about five days of preparation with staff around the clock preparing for this. Decorating the ballroom, cooking the food, training people that haven't been through this experience before, because we're throwing the block party today and most of the town shows up," said Gallagher's Co-Owner, Kelly Erben.
St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in America in 1737 and 278 years later, the tradition is still going strong.
"I think dressing and wearing green and just celebrating the holiday, it's a tradition in our family and we've celebrated for years, so I'm just really into it," said Kelly Wahlund, Eureka Resident.
Gallagher's Manager, Anthony Curo says, "The community itself, they come in, have a good time, you know it's a family oriented restaurant and it's just fun. It's fun to work here, it's fun to be here, especially on St. Patty's Day. So you know, I look forward to it".
Everyone has their own reasons to celebrate, including Wahlund, who says, "With a name like Kelly, I'm obligated to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. My mom’s maiden name was Kelly, So our family is Irish and that's another good reason to celebrate and what better place to do it than Gallagher’s.
They’ve got music lined up, a performance from the Emerald Coast Irish step dancers, plus corned beef, cabbage, Sheppard’s pie and more.
"Irish food all day long, fish and chips, bread pudding and lots of beer, so come on down and see us," says Erben.
However, if you decide to tip your glass in honor of St. Patrick, make sure you have a way home because the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration says this holiday, is one of the deadliest days of the year.