Groundhog Day 2014
Sunday, February 2
Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte
Noon to 3 p.m.
Shadow check at 1:30 p.m.
Of course, when you think Groundhog Day, images of Bill Murray or Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania come to mind. While Punxsutawney does boast the largest and most famous celebration, plenty of cities have their own groundhog and their own celebration.
Charlotte's official Groundhog Day celebration is held annually at the Charlotte Nature Museum. Things kick off this year at noon and events continue throughout the day until 3 p.m. Charlotte's resident groundhog is appropriately named Queen Charlotte even though he's a male (although I'm personally a little partial to Raleigh's groundhog - Sir Walter Wally). Queen Charlotte is expected to emerge at about 1:30 p.m. All activities are free with museum admission, which is $6 for adults.
Did you know that Groundhog Day is observed in the United States and Canada, as well as parts of Australia? The date marks the exact midway point the Vernal Equinox and the Winter Solstice. Groundhog Day traces its origins from the French festival of Candlemas.