February 26, 2020 2 min read

By Lizzy Oparyk

 

This February 29th marks a Leap Day—an occasion so special it only happens once every four years.

Leap For Local!!!!

We encourage everyone to dine, shop, and enjoy Sycamore this Leap Year!  Small businesses are the heart of our neighborhoods, the backbone of our local economy, and the spirit of our community.  Let’s work together to support our businesses that keep Sycamore a great place to live, to work and to play. Support your local businesses this Leap Day! ~ Discover Sycamore

We will have fun specials at Lizzy's for this occasion:

  • Now - Saturday 29% Off select Items

  • Saturday Only - $2.29 Rack

Check out Discover Sycamore for other merchants participating:
https://discoversycamore.com/event/leap-for-local/

 

So why do we need Leap Years?

A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit around the sun, which is about 365¼ days. 

The length of the solar year, however, is slightly less than 365¼ days-by about 11 minutes. To compensate for this discrepancy, the leap year is omitted three times every four hundred years.

In other words, a century year cannot be a leap year unless it is divisible by 400. Thus 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but 1600, 2000, and 2400 are leap years.

What happens if your born on leap year?

Your chances of being born on leap year is about 1 in 1,500 and if you are one of those lucky ones, you typically celebrate your birthday one day early and in some states can get your drivers license when you are 4 (16). 

For other interesting facts on Leap year, visit:

https://www.history.com/news/why-do-we-have-leap-year

 

 

 

 

 

 


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