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Groundhog Day in New York City

Learn about Staten Island Chuck and Groundhog Day traditions in New York City


Staten Island Chuck - Groundhog at the Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Chuck - Groundhog at the Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

The legend of Groundhog Day is based on an old Scottish couplet: "If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year." With that in mind, groundhogs across the country (most famously Punxsutawney Phil) emerge from their dwellings on February 2 and judge whether winter is waning or we have six more weeks to go. Although not of the same fame as Punxsutawney Phil, New York City has its own groundhogs and events to celebrate Groundhog Day.

  • The Staten Island Zoo is home to groundhog Staten Island Chuck. At 7:30 a.m. on February 2nd, Staten Island Chuck will make his official prediction. Staten Island Chuck will be making appearances throughout the day. The ceremony is free to attend, and there will be an optional Breakfast with Staten Island Chuck ($10/adult, $5/child) and a blood drive. Pre-registration is recommended for breakfast; call 718-442-3101 x14 to reserve. Full details are available on the Staten Island Zoo web site.

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