Turns Out Christmas Is Not the Most Popular Holiday in New York
If you had to guess what New Yorkers say is their favorite holiday, you'd say Christmas would be it, right? Actually, you'd be wrong.
When you think of winter and New York, what do you think of? You think of ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, and massively lighted Christmas trees, don't you? This is why we were surprised that Christmas is not the most loved holiday of New Yorkers.
If not Christmas, then what holiday takes the top spot in the heart of New Yorkers? Perhaps it's the Fourth of July with grand fireworks displays and barbecues? No. Okay then, it's got to be Memorial Day when we kick off the summer season. Again, no.
St. Patrick's Day is a pretty big holiday for New Yorkers, the proof of which can be seen in over-the-top St. Patrick's Day parades and celebrations but surprisingly, that too, is not the most loved holiday by New Yorkers.
Shane Co. did a deep dive into the most popular holiday in every state based on Google search terms. Shane Co. put together a list of every single holiday that is celebrated in America and then crunched the Google search results from each state taken from 2002 to 2021 and discovered that the most popular holiday in New York is Hanukkah.
For the last 17 years, New Yorkers have researched Hanukkah more than any other holiday, making it the top holiday in New York.
According to data taken from the last twelve months, the most popular national day in New York is National Best Friends Day. In the drink category, National Tequila Day was the most searched and in the food category, National Pancake Day was the winner.
What is the most popular holiday with our neighbors in Pennsylvania? Their top searched holiday overall is Easter Sunday.