March is a month where everything is shifting: Winter is turning into spring, snow is melting, flowers are blooming, and the new year is finally in full flux. There are many festivals, parades, holidays, and events happening in March in the USA. If you're planning a trip around one of these big days, be sure to plan ahead and be prepared for large crowds and many tourists. In addition to these fun events, many college students in the United States have their spring break during the month of March.
This means popular beaches and cities in Florida and California will be full of young tourists looking to take a break from their studying. If you want to avoid the crowds, you might want to avoid some popular areas during this time such as Miami, Los Angeles, and Daytona Beach.
Here's a list of some interesting and unique events happening in the USA during the month of March.
Early March: Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday and the Beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras (also called Carnival or Fat Tuesday) festivities are plentiful in the USA, but most especially in New Orleans. New Orleans holds the biggest and most popular celebration before Lent. On the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which marks the official beginning of Lent, Christians celebrate and party before a 40-day solemn period. New Orleans has the biggest Mardi Gras celebration, but there are plenty of fun events and parades happening across the country.
Mid- to Late-March: Easter. While the United States is a secular country, some businesses and schools will close on the Good Friday before Easter Sunday or the Monday after (Easter Monday).
While Mardi Gras marks the beginning of Lent, Easter marks the end of it, which of course calls for another big celebration. One of the nation’s biggest Easter-related festivities is the White House Easter Egg Roll, held on the South Lawn of the White House. Tickets to the Easter Egg Roll are free, but limited, and available only via a lottery system on the White House website. The date of Easter each year is unpredictable, like Mardi Gras, so see also April in the USA. Easter actually falls on April 16 in 2017.
Mid- to Late-March: National Cherry Blossom Festival. One of spring's most glorious events sees the blooming of hundreds of pink and white cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin of the National Mall in Washington, DC. While the trees are the main attraction for visitors, organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival also plan a Japanese cultural festival, a parade, and numerous art and food events throughout the capital to coincide with the blooms. Learn more about the National Cherry Blossom Festival from the official website, or visit About's Guide to Washington, DC for a comprehensive guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. March is also a great time to visit Washington D.C.
before the heat hits in the summer. You can check out a great city and see some of America's most famous scenery. Note that the Cherry Blossom Festival typically begins in mid- to late-March and runs through April—the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade happens on April 8 in 2017. See also April in the USA.
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. Many people in the United States are of Irish ancestry, while others simply like to celebrate the Irish holiday with traditional Irish food, music, and pints of Guinness. No matter where you are in the United States on St. Patrick’s Day, you are bound to find a celebration and lots of "wearing o’ the green." St. Patrick's Day is a big holiday for Irish Americans—and Americans of all nationalities actually—and celebrations tend to include parades, Irish dancing, and lots of drinking.
Read more about St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S.