Groundhog’s Day – Long Island 2019

Will one of our Long Island Groundhog’s see their shadow this Saturday?

Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal are our local rodent meteorologists and there are some fun events surrounding this fun day right here on Long Island. 

Whether you believe the groundhog predicts an “early spring” or not the tradition is a popular one and we are excited to join in on the fun this Saturday, February 2nd, 2019.

Get to know our local Groundhogs and see them in person:

Holtsville Hal –

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“Will there be six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Come see Holtsville Hal’s Famous Predication on Groundhog Day, February 2nd at 7am. Parking is free.
Enjoy fun for the whole family! Following the ceremony, residents are welcome to enjoy free hot chocolate and visit the Animal Preserve with more than 100 animals on display.”

Starts at 7am sharp!


Located at: Holtsville Ecology Center 249 Buckley Road in Holtsville, NY 11742


Malverne Mel-

photo taken from Village of Malverne website

“Will there be 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring?
Join us for Malverne Mel’s prediction!
Entertainment by the Banjo Rascals, refreshments, games and prizes!”

7:00am – 8:30am

Website: HERE

Located at:
Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s, 480 Hempstead Ave, Malverne, NY 11565



Local event:

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Come find out if Sweetbriar Sam is planning to hibernate for another 6 weeks or predict an early spring. We will have a fun scavenger hunt to learn some facts about groundhogs, play with shadows, and meet some other animal hibernators and others with different solutions for cold weather. Make a fun groundhog craft to take home.
When: Sunday, February 3, 1pm

How Much: $10/child and $5 for adults, $2 discount for scouts

Sweetbriar Nature Center site: HERE




Where did this Groundhog’s Day tradition begin?

“On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.”

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Have fun at school or at home…

Follow our GroundHog’s Day Pinterest Board: HERE





I am excited to see what the Groundhog says…
What is your prediction?


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