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Groundhog Day Punxsutawney

2 February 2025

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Lovers of the classic 1993 film will lead little introduction to Groundhog Day Punxsutawney Phil. The movie shot the small town of Punxsutawney Pennsylvania to fame. However, many of you might not know that the film is based on a festival that goes back to the 16th Century.

Groundhog Day Punxsutawney Phil

Legend has it that if Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his long slumber at Gobbler’s Knob on 2 February and sees its shadow then winter will continue for a further six weeks. However, if the groundhog sees no shadow then spring will arrive earlier than expected.

The festival is celebrated by Pennsylvania Dutch or Germans, and is celebrated across the US and Canada, but it is the Punxsutawney Groundhog Day that has really caught the imagination.

Groundhog Day Punxsutawney
Groundhog Day Punxsutawney Pennsylvannia

The tradition stems from Germany where the badger was thought to have similar weather forecasting powers. This was brought to the United States with the German-speaking settlers.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club was proclaimed in 1887 by a bunch of groundhog hunters and Punxsutawney Phil was declared the one true weather prognosticating groundhog.

Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Day Events

The festival has grown into a major event with some 30,000 people expected to attend with further millions watching on television or via the internet.

The day involves a series of events including Gobbler’s Knob’s Got Talent, the Groundhog Ball and Banquet, as well as lunch with Phill. Details of all the events can be found here.

Groundhog Day Movie

The 1993 film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, has become a comedy classic.

Weather reporter Phil Connors (Bill Murray) reluctantly goes to the town of Punxsutawney to see what his namesake’s prediction will be. The only consolation is his beautiful producer Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell). Unfortunately she can not stand the arrogant, self-centred and misogynistic Connors. A blizzard descends and Connors finds himself trapped not just in space but in time destined to live the same day over and over again. But does this provide him with the opportunity to win the love of Hanson?

If you can not make it to Punxsutawney on 2 February then grab yourself some popcorn and watch the movie instead. Merits repeat viewing.

When Is Groundhog Day Punxsutawney?

It is celebrated on 2 February each year.

Groundhog
And here is the cute little critter

Where Is Groundhog Day Pennsylvania?

Gobbler’s Creek is about two miles outside of the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

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Things To Do in Pennsylvania

For more information on what to do in Pennsylvania we suggest you go to www.visitPA.com.


Details

Date:
2 February 2025
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://www.groundhog.org/

Venue

Gobbler’s Knob
Punxsutawney,PAUnited States+ Google Map
Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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