February Fun Facts
- Every year more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold across the country. That’s 58 million pounds of chocolate.
- About 55% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day and spend an estimated $18.2 billion a year, including more than $1.7 billion on candy alone.
- There are approximately 50 million roses given on Valentine’s Day around the world.
- Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
- February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
- Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards.
- Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
- It is estimated that the U.S. alone is going to spend $3.3 billion on flowers for loved ones this year.
- The only other day that beats Valentine’s Day in floral sales is Mother’s Day.
- Richard Cadbury introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in 1861.
- Groundhog Day was inspired by Europe’s Candlemas Day, during which clergyman would bless the candles they needed for the cold season. If they candles brought a sunny day, there would be six more weeks of winter; likewise, clouds and rain signified that winter would end soon.
- The first Groundhog Day was held on February 2, 1887 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
- Punxsutawney Phil is the official groundhog forecaster of February 2, but many states have their own.
- Germans originally chose a hedgehog as their animal forecaster. They turned to groundhogs instead when they discovered a large amount of them in Pennsylvania.
- Presidents Day is also known as Washington’s Birthday, after George Washington.
- Presidents Day began in 1800 after the death of Washington in 1799 as a means to remember the ‘Father of the Country’.
- President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the holiday into federal law in 1879, but only for Washington, DC.; it expanded to all of the states at the time in 1885.
- In the 1980s, retailers began using this holiday as a time to clear out their old stock in preparation for spring and summer.