Groundhog’s Day – Long Island

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

Malverne Mel , Holtsville Hal and Quigley at Quogue 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 Sunday, February 2nd, 2020.

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

Holtsville Hal –

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“Join us on Sunday, February 2, to at the Holtsville Ecology Site to hear Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro announce Holtsville Hal’s famous forecast.”

  • Gates Open: 7:00 am

  • Hal’s Forecast: 7:25 am


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!”

Will Mel predict an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter?
Come enjoy the Banjo Rascals, petting zoo, and Mel Mascot!

6:45am – 8:00am

Website: HERE

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



Quigley at Quogue-

“Will we have an early spring or six more weeks of winter in the Hamptons?
Come find out when ‘Quigley’ the Groundhog visits Quogue to make his spring weather prediction on Groundhog Day!

Join us at the firehouse Sunday, February 2nd at 10am, followed by refreshments and pastries inside the firehouse.”



Local event:

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Searching for Sweetbriar Sam – a Groundhog Adventure

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 2, 1pm

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

Sweetbriar Nature Center site: HERE




Shadow Fun

Saturday & Sunday, February 1st & 2nd, 1 – 5pm
Do not worry if the Groundhog sees a shadow, instead celebrate Groundhog day with us by exploring and experimenting with shadows!

Long Island Explorium admission is $5 per person, Long Island Explorium members and children under 1 are free

Located at: Long Island Explorium- 101 E Broadway in Port Jefferson



The Furry Forecaster

Sunday, February 2

 Stop by anytime between 2:00 and 4:00. This craft takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and is yours to keep! 

Ages 3+-  Free with admission


Located at: Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City




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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