Celebrate Groundhog Day on Long Island

8435978177_86e2d2c225_bEvery year we patiently wait to see if the groundhog will see his shadow or not when he comes out of his burrow. According to folklore, if the groundhog does not see his shadow, then spring will come early; however, if the groundhog does see his shadow, then six more weeks of winter are yet to come!

Many people across the country celebrate this annual tradition, even right here at home. Check out some of these Long Island locations that will mark the day with their very own celebrations for the whole family!


  • Groundhog Recognition Day is being held at Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington on Saturday, January 31st. Join them for live animal presentations, stories, and a craft to celebrate Groundhog Day from 11 am to 1 pm. Admission is $10 per car or free with the 2015 Annual Pass.
  • On January 31st and February 1st, at The Maritime Explorium in Port Jefferson, you can construct your own shadow puppet to help celebrate Groundhog Day! The event is free with admission and takes place from 1 pm to 5 pm.
  • Head on over on February 1st to the Sweetbriar Nature Center to make a craft, learn facts about groundhogs, play with shadows, and meet their groundhog, Sweetbriar Sam! Admission is $7 per person and takes place from 1 am to 3 pm.
  • Did you know that Long Island has groundhogs that help predict if spring will come early or if winter will last longer on Long Island? Now is your chance to meet two of them, Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal! Every year on Groundhog Day, you can head on over to either the Holtsville Ecology Center (Holtsville Hal) or the Gazebo at Reese Park (Malverne Mel) at 7 am to witness if either will see their shadow or not!
  • The Riverhead Free Library will be showing a free screening of the movie Groundhog Day (rated PG) on Groundhog Day, February 2nd., from 10 am to 8 pm.

What do you think the groundhog will predict for this year?

Share your guess with LI Mamas!

By: Janet Brandsema

Picture Credt: Flickr

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