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What are some special days in February?

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Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day and Leap Day are special dates and holidays in February. The exact date of Presidents Day changes each year, but the dates of the other significant February days stay the same.

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Each year on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow to predict the end of winter. If it is a cloudy day and he doesn't see his shadow, the legend says spring is set to come early. On a sunny day, he sees his shadow, and winter lasts six more weeks.

Valentine's Day always falls on February 14. It began as a holiday to honor a saint or saints named Valentine. Now Valentine's Day is primarily a holiday to celebrate love.

Presidents Day falls on the third Monday in February. The day is designated to celebrate all presidents but was originally dedicated to celebrating George Washington. Washington's birthday is February 22. Abraham Lincoln's birthday is February 12. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971 marked the beginning of what is now known as Presidents Day as a way to provide more three-day weekends for federal workers.

Leap Day happens only once every four years on years divisible by four, such as 2016, 2020 and 2024. On a Leap Year, the calendar includes February 29.

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