Revelers at Hollywood’s silliest annual event plan to outdo themselves in February, starting off Groundhog Day festivities with a hearty breakfast before taking their traditional ocean plunge in sub-sizzling temperatures at the same time weather forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicts the end of winter in Pennsylvania.
It must be time for the 16th Annual Groundhog Day on Hollywood Beach, a time-honored tradition celebrating hope for a warmer tomorrow – or at least a significant warm-up by noon. The event will take place on Sun., Feb. 2 from 6:30 to 8 am at Ocean Alley Restaurant and Beach Bar, located at 900 N. Broadwalk (at A1A and Indiana Street) on the world-famous Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.
The legendary Groundhog Swim will be at 7:30 am. A $12 donation includes breakfast and a free souvenir T-shirt for swimmers.
Groundhog Day on Hollywood Beach falls on Super Bowl Sunday in 2020 and will likely overshadow the big game.
Shirts are available for non-swimmers at an additional $12 as long as quantities last.
Proceeds will benefit the Hollywood Beach Lifeguard Competition Team to help cover travel expenses for the national competition on Galveston Island this summer. Despite having only seven team members, Hollywood Lifeguards took home 8 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals last year. Four-time champions Boki Corsovic and Jose Bolivar will be back to recapture their surf-rowing crown in Virginia Beach this summer.
Sponsors include Ocean Alley, The Beach Bums Chapter of the Groundhog Club, Hollywood Beach Business Association, Hollywood CRA, Rich Formal Wear, Lojetta Group, Cahoots Newspaper, The Diplomat Beach Resort and Margaritaville.
No Groundhog Day bash would be complete without a special appearance by Punxsutawney Phil and live coverage of Groundhog Day from Punxsutawney, Pa., The Weather Capital of the World. The event culminates with some of the heartiest souls taking a traditional dip in the Atlantic Ocean, which barely breaks 80 degrees by midday at this time of year.
Children of all ages are welcome.
What: 16th Annual Groundhog Day on Hollywood Beach
When: Sun., Feb. 2, 2020 – 6:30 to 8 am
(Groundhog Swim at 7:30 am)
Where: Ocean Alley Restaurant and Beach Bar, 900 N. Broadwalk (at Indiana Street) Hollywood Beach, Florida
Cost: $12 donation to benefit the Hollywood Lifeguard Competition Team
Parking: True believers will find free parking at A1A and Indiana Street until 8 am.
For more information or press inquiries, contact Jeff Hansen at 954-929-9334 or