The folklore behind Ground Hog Day doesn’t make any sense to me.
The premise is that if a ground hog pokes his head out of his burrow today and it is so sunny that he sees his shadow it means there will be six more weeks of winter. If it is so cloudy that he can’t see his shadow it means there will be an early spring.
Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
The two most famous predictors of weather are Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania (as seen in the movie Groundhog Day) and Wiarton Willie here in Canada, but did you know that there are several other ground hogs in the US that have their day?
This video gives a fun history of Ground Hog Day and tells us about those other not-as-famous rodents:
How to Celebrate Ground Hog Day
Have a party of course!
The best Ground Hog Day party I’ve ever seen is by Scott and Janessa. I sooo wish I had been invited! They based their party on the movie, with guests dressing as movie characters, and food and trivia questions from movie quotes. It is totally awesome.
Watch the Ground Hog Day Movie
This is an absolutely hilarious movie with a 97% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
We watch the Groundhog Day movie every year, without fail.
Wear a Hat
Whether you want a cute little headband hat like the one shown here, a hoodie hat that keeps your ears warm, a black topper for everyone at your party or the ultimate plush ground hog hat, you’ve got to see our favorites here.
Wear a Groundhog Day Tie
Show your fun side at work with a Groundhog Day tie â impress your kids too! See a great selection of silk ties with a groundhog motif or all-out-fun designs here.
Go to Wiarton, Ontario to See Wiarton Willie – the ALBINO Groundhog
The Wiarton Willie Festival is the perfect place to celebrate as a family, with lots of attractions for the children and a scavenger hunt you can do as a family.
There’s even a Visit Orlando Warming Zone with hot chocolate and baby alligators!
- Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
- Willie’s Got Talent Competition for kids ages 5-16 – sing Karaoke, dance or tell jokes!
- Sno Pitch Baseball
- Hockey Tournament
- Monte Carlo Night
- Pancake Breakfast
- Volleyball Tournament
- Pool Tournament (8 ball and snooker)
- Groundhog Jog & Wee Willie Run for adults & kids
- Horse drawn sleigh rides
- Craft Show
- Dart Tournament
- Giggle Time for kids with with face painting, balloon animals and colouring activities
- Cheap Chili Chowdown with vegetarian & not-so-hot choices too
- Willie’s Fancy Tea
- Wiarton Willie’s Parade
- Snow shoe trails
- Smoosh Races
- Optimist Kids Fun Day – free
- Willie Fun Golf
- Snow Hill
- ice block building & ice sculptures
- outdoor skating
- Several Dances for Youth or Adults
- Prediction Day begins with fireworks, famous children entertainer, native dancing performances and a pipe and drum band.
Visit Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
The Punxatawny Ground Hog Club celebration features mostly adult attractions. (In fact, they don’t recommend that family with small children attend because there are huge crowds with everyone standing, and although they separate the crowd at Gobbler’s Knob into sections for families and students it is very difficult for youngsters.)
- Punxsy Museum
- Walking Tour
- McCaffery Murder Mysteries Comedy Show
- Art Show
- Story Time for kids
- Winter Weather Olympics
- Hayride Town Tour
- Polynesian Fire Show
- Craft Show
- S’more Making
- Showing of Ground Hog Day movie
- Chili and Hot Wing Cook Off
- Groundhog Day Weddings – get married or renew your vows!
- Several Dances & Balls
Photo of party by Scott and Janessa
Photo of Wiarton Willie statue by Francesca Dobbyn-Nadjiwon, Co-ordinator of the Wiarton Willie Festival
Photo of Punxatawny Phil from GroundHog.org
It’s fun to celebrate Ground Hog Day whether it be in a small way like wearing a special hat or watching the movie. It’s also nice to go big once in a while and have the whole experience with the prognosticator himself. My son’s birthday is on February 1st and I tried to convince him that it would be fun to see Wiarton Willie for his birthday but he was unconvinced this year . . . maybe next year!