January 3, 2020

20 insights to help you make the most of 2020

2020 will be unique

2020 is jammed packed with potential

Even if 2020 didn't start right for you, be assured it will end nicely.

Ultimately all years are unique, and every year has the potential to be special for everyone.  At SOAR AHEAD, part of our mission is to help each member have the best year ever.  However, while looking ahead at 2020 we noticed some unusual convergences of dates and events in the United States which have the potential to make getting more out of 2020, with proper planning, easier than ever before.

2020 is unique

Digging deeper we discovered the calendar layout combined with national observances in the United States, that 2020 is a once in a lifetime kind of year. The same exact calendar will not repeat again until the year 2172. Since our declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776, a Leap Year has only begun on a Wednesday eight times (1992, 1964, 1936, 1908, 1896, 1868, 1840, 1812). Of those eight identical calendar configurations, only twice before has Easter fallen on April 12th (1936 & 1868). But proof positive 2020 is unique, this is the first time Tax Day is in the same week as Easter with this calendar layout.

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  1. January 25th marks the Chinese New Year of the Rat and is the first of a significant number of major and minor events falling on a Saturday during 2020.
     
  2. February 2nd is not only Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Sunday it is also a rare palindrome day when expressed as a number. On this date 02/02/2020 is the same backwards and forwards, as well as the same in both US (MM/DD/YYYY) and European (DD/MM/YYYY) formats.
     
  3. February 14th or Valentines Day in 2020 falls on a Friday, which makes a night out on the town on this already busy night an even greater challenge for lovers. Make your reservation well in advance to book the night right.
     
  4. February 25th is not only Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, but the date scheduled for the 10th Democrat candidate presidential primary debate. This is an early reminder 2020 is likely to be jammed packed with election politics, which will overlap much of our lives in the U.S.
     
  5. February 29th is Leap Day and the bonus day one would expect in a bonus year like 2020.
     
  6. March 17th or Saint Patrick’s Day this year is on a Tuesday, which could derail anyone’s Taco Tuesday plans. #FTW search “Irish Mexican Restaurant” to find a cantina/pub mash-up near you to solve this dining dilemma.
     
  7. April 1st in 2020 is not just April Fool’s Day, but Census Day 2020. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census and tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
     
  8. April 15th is of course Tax Day and falls on a Wednesday. Barring unforeseen holidays or extreme weather, for the first time in 5 years the date will not be changed.
     
  9. May 5th in Spanish known as Cinco De Mayo falls on Taco Tuesday in 2020.  The observance of the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, but in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, and having this fall on a Tuesday makes up for any tacos lost on St. Patrick’s Day.
     
  10. May 25th is the earliest possible occurrence of Memorial Day, meaning summer starts soonest in 2020.
     
  11. June 20th is the Summer Solstice, technically the first day of summer, is also on a Saturday in 2020, immediately followed by Father’s Day Sunday June 21st. If you have not had eaten anything barbequed by this point you are not doing summer correctly.
     
  12. July 4th or U.S. Independence Day also falls on a Saturday, with the Federal observance on Friday July 3rd, giving us a long weekend to celebrate America.
     
  13. July 24th is the opening date of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo, which will run through August 9th adding even more action and demanding even more of our attention in 2020.
     
  14. August 8th is the annual observance of International Cat Day, but curiously it also happens in 2020 on a Saturday, known online as #Caturday. Brace yourself Internet.
     
  15. September 7th is the latest possible occurrence of Labor Day. Combined with an early Memorial Day, 2020 gives us the longest possible summer.
     
  16. October 31st or Halloween this year occurs on a Saturday giving parents and kids an extra special treat, with no school before or following a long night of candy scavenging.
     
  17. November 3rd is the day set for 2020 United States election. A rather early completion date for what seems to have become a never-ending process.
     
  18. November 26th is the date for Thanksgiving. Not the earliest possible date (11/22), nor the latest possible date (11/28), but just right to make sure Cyber Monday actually occurs before December.
     
  19. December 25th or Christmas falls on a Friday in 2020, nestled up nicely against a weekend instead of smack-dab in the middle of the week like in 2019.  
     
  20. December 31st or New Year’s Eve falls on a Thursday, meaning New Year’s Day is on a Friday followed by a nice full weekend. So, if 2020 didn’t start right for you, be assured it will end nicely.
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