Celebrating Groundhog Day: Dates, Ideas, and Activities



Groundhog Day comes once a year, often without much change in pace from a normal day. Rather than letting this once-a-year event pass you by, you can celebrate Groundhog Day, or even just recognize it with an activity with your family or significant other. You can plan a Groundhog Day date to enjoy with your sweetheart or plan activities for the day with your kids or family. Try these suggestions for a fun and festive Groundhog Day this year!

Celebrated each year on February 2, Groundhog Day is a holiday where a groundhog leaves its burrow to help determine whether winter will end soon or if we will have six more weeks of winter. The biggest celebration for Groundhog Day takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil makes an appearance each year.

 

If you are interested in celebrating Groundhog Day with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or family, consider these suggestions for Groundhog Day dates, ideas, and activities:

•    Visit Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania for the biggest Groundhog Day celebration ever. Crowds as large as 40,000 have gathered to celebrate this annual holiday.

•    Find Groundhog Day celebrations in other parts of Pennsylvania, including Quarryville in Lancaster County, the Anthracite Region of Schuylkill County, the Sinnamahoning Valley, and Bucks County. You can also check out groundhog celebrations around Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland; Shenandoah Valley, Virginia; Woodstock, Illinois; Lilburn, Georgia; and various Amish populations throughout the United States (Credit: Wikipedia).

•    Enjoy Groundhog Day celebrations in Wiarton, Ontario and Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia in Canada.

•    Stay home and watch the movie Groundhog Day featuring actor Bill Murray.

•    See if the groundhog “Queen Charlotte” sees her shadow at the Charlotte Nature Center in North Carolina.

•    Snuggle up under blankets and watch movies to avoid more weeks of winter.

•    Do Groundhog Day crafts and games with your kids, including word finds, coloring pages, and making cutout groundhogs.

•    Play board games, eat snacks, and relax in the comforts of your home.

•    Go out for dinner and dancing and pretend you are in on the Punxsutawney festivities.

•    Make groundhog cookies using a sugar cookie cutouts recipe and circle or oval cookie cutters. Use frosting to make the groundhog’s face.

Relaxing and enjoying movies and snacks may be the easiest way of all to enjoy Groundhog Day with those you love. What other things can you think of doing for Groundhog Day?

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