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Groundhog Day: What Time Is The Ceremony & How Can You Watch The Classic Movie

Mon, February 1, 2016 12:05pm EDT by 8 Comments
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February 2 is Groundhog Day! It’s the time to celebrate two legendary creatures: Punxsutawney Phil and Bill Murray. has the details on when Phil’s weather-predicting ceremony is going down and how you can watch Bill’s comedy classic, ‘Groundhog Day.’

Will we get six more weeks of winter, or will it be an early spring? Only one person knows — and it’s not Bill Murray, 65. While Bill starred in the comedy classic, Groundhog Day, it will be Punxsutawney Phil who will make his annual seasonal prediction and has the info on how you can see both!

Punxsutawney Phil will make his decision on Feb. 2 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, according to While the event will run from 3 A.M. to 8 A.M., according to the official website, the actual decision will be made at sunrise. And fans can expect the sun to shine around 7:25 A.M., according to will have a live stream of the event so you’ll be able to catch every second. Remember, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his home, it means there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, it means there will be an “early spring.”

However, if you’d rather sleep in and watch Bill Murray relive the same day over and over again (while trying to woo Andie MacDowell, 57) you can watch his 1993 hit movie on a range of platforms. You can rent Groundhog Day on iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and Sony Entertainment, according to Can I Stream It. Groundhog Day can also be purchased from Google, iTunes and Vudu, while DVDs of the Harold Ramis-directed movie can be found on Amazon. If you join Amazon Prime, you can get thousands of movies and shows anytime.

Punxsutawney Phil has made 119 predictions, according to StormFax, and Phil has only picked “early spring” about 17 times. However, the site claims that Phil has a 39% accuracy rate. Fans hoping for a short winter better cross their fingers that Phil doesn’t see his shadow and that, this time, his pick is on the money!

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While Bill is a national treasure, beloved by millions, Punxsutawney Phil is a pretty big celeb, too. When he made his prediction in 2015, the Internet celebrated his announcement with – what else? – memes! They were almost as good as the news that Groundhog Day was heading to Broadway in 2017. Now, the question is – will Bill make appear on stage? Or will Phil?

Are you planning on watching Phil make his prediction, HollywoodLifers? Or are you going to watch Bill’s movie instead? Or both?