February 2nd, 2025

What Time Is the Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day is held between 6 am and 6.30 am on the morning of February 2.

It is held so early in the morning due to the time the sunrises and the groundhog first emerges from its burrow.

Is Groundhog Day Always Feb 2?

Since the event started in the 16th century, Groundhog Day has always taken place on February 2 in the US.

Is Groundhog Day a Holiday?

While it is a widely recognized holiday, it is not a public holiday in the US. Therefore, people still go to work and shops/schools are still open on Groundhog Day.

Why Is Groundhog Day Even a Thing?

Groundhog Day started in North America over 400 years ago. It began as a small tradition to predict the weather forecast and gain an understanding of how soon spring will begin and when winter will end.

On Groundhog Day, people observe the groundhog emerging from its burrow to see the sun.

If it's sunny outside and the groundhog sees its shadow, this is said to mean that winter will last for six more weeks.

Should the groundhog not see its shadow (because it's cloudy and/or the sun is not out), this is believed to mean that an early spring will arrive.

How Do You Celebrate Groundhog Day?

People celebrate Groundhog Day in many ways. There are various traditions you can take part in to celebrate the event.

Primarily, people tune in to watch Groundhog Day live, where the groundhog emerges from its burrow between 6 am and 6.30 am to see the sun.

In the countdown to Groundhog Day, people celebrate the event in many ways. Several ways to celebrate Groundhog Day include:

  • Partake in crafts
  • Wake up early to watch the sunrise
  • Watch the live stream of Punxsutawney Phil
  • Bake and serve chocolate dirt pie

How Many Days Until Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day takes place on the same day every year. Use the Groundhog Day countdown to see how many days until Groundhog Day this year.

The event is held in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, where crowds of more than 40,000 gather to watch the groundhog emerge from its burrow around 6.30 am.

In the leading days to Groundhog Day, many people organize morning or evening gatherings with family and friends.

The tradition of watching the groundhog emerge from its burrow is mostly observed in the US and Canada.