Groundhog Day 2021: What Time Does Punxsutawney Phil Make His Prediction?

Getty Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow in 2019.

Groundhog Day 2021 is already here. The 135th annual holiday takes place Tuesday, February 2 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA. Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his burrow early Tuesday morning and predict the future weather. If Phil sees its shadow, winter will continue for six more weeks, but if it does not see its shadow, then spring will arrive early.

GettyPUNXSUTAWNEY, PA -Groundhog Day in 2004.


Phil Emerges Early in the Morning

GettyPUNXSUTAWNEY, PA – Groundhog Day in 2014.

If you would like to catch a glimpse of groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, you’ll have to set your alarm for the earlier side. Phil will leave his burrow at 7:25 a.m. EST/6:25 a.m. CT on Tuesday, February 2nd at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA, according to The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

The groundhog won’t predict the upcoming weather until then, but the festivities will begin around 6 a.m. EST with an early morning broadcast. A “Groundhog Special” will begin broadcasting at 6:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. CT, available via The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

At sunrise, the country will learn if Punxsutawney Phil will end up seeing his shadow. If he does, then people can be expecting six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, then spring is expected to be just around the corner.

Fans can watch Phil via livestream, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person attendance or guests on the grounds, per The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.


You Can Still Tune In to Watch Phil

GettyFebruary 2 – Groundhog Day in 2013.

While there will be no in-person celebration, there are plenty of ways to still catch the furry friend on Groundhog Day. This year – along with past years – the Pennsylvania tourism website will livestream the event.

There are also other ways to livestream the event:

Visitors and guests will not be permitted to watch Phil in real life, but there will be other online activities to make the most of the 135th annual holiday. There will still be fans in attendance, but they look a little different this year. Face cut outs will be set up around Groundhog Day 2021 to fill in the virtual audience.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club will also be offering an Online Scavenger Hunt. To participate, go to their website, and follow the directions to participate virtually.

As for 2022, Phil and Pennsylvania are hoping to have an in-person celebration featuring regular guests, activities, and events on February 2, 2022. Multiple groundhogs have been starring in the celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, since 1886, according to MentalFloss.com. The name Phil came about in 1961, and while the origin of the name isn’t super clear, many think it relates to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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