History Of Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day, 2018.

By the time you’re reading this, you may already know that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Thereby warning residents of Pennsylvania to expect six more weeks of winter. It’s fun to entertain these superstitious notions, but you may be wondering where do they originate?

Groundhog Day Commemorations.

  • Phil emerged wearing a yellow ribbon on February 2, 1981.
  • Along with Groundhog president Jim Means, Bill Null and Al Anthony, Punxsutawney Phil made his first trip to Washington to meet President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
  • In 1995 Phil made a guest television appearance on an episode of Oprah
  • After the 1933 movie “Groundhog Day” visitation during the celebration reached an all time high of over 30,000 visitors.
  • In 2016, a special documentary was created and aired on Groundhog Day where the origins and the story of Groundhog Day celebration were discussed.

Whether you are hoping for an early spring season is on the horizon or you are a winter fan and want the season to stay its longest, the dueling prediction’s from groundhog observations let you choose which you prefer to believe.


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