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What is Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the US and Canada. During this day the groundhog, Punxsutawny Phil, emerges from his burrow to predict what the weather will be like for the rest of winter.

If it is sunny, and Phil sees his shadow, then the superstition goes that the US will have to endure six more weeks of winter. If there is no shadow, then an early spring is on the horizon.

Overall, Phil tends to predict that winter will continue. Since 1887 Phil has seen his shadow 104 times.

Groundhog Day Events

‚ÄčAs February 2nd approaches each year, Punxsutawney, PA comes alive with special events, celebrations, and fun. Thousands of visitors attend the annual trek to see Punxsutawney Phil reveal his forecast at Gobbler's Knob. This is the main event where the worlds most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, the Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary and the ONLY real weather predicting groundhog, will greet his true believers and will reveal to the President of the Inner Circle his prediction for the end of winter.

Click Here to view the schedule and travel guide!

Some Fun Facts about Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil

  •  Punxsutawney Phil is the official groundhog forecaster on February 2, but many states have their own (like New York’s Pothole Pete).
  • The popular movie of the same name (starring Rockland County resident Bill Murray) gave meaning to the phrase “groundhog day”: to repeat something over and over again. Check our catalog for the movie.
  • Groundhogs typically weigh between 12 and 15 pounds; Phil is a whopping 22 pounds!
  • Phil lives in the local town Library.
  • Click here for more facts about Phil.
  • For more facts about Groundhog Day, click here.