What you need to know about 2024

As we close the door on 2023 this is what you need to know about 2024.

2024 is a leap year

In case you didn’t know, 2024 is a leap year! This means we have February 29 and 366 days this year.

A leap year happens every four years so that the calendar year matches the solar year, which is how long it takes the Earth to make a trip around the Sun.

2024 is the Year of the Dragon

It’s the Year of the Dragon in 2024, according to Chinese zodiac. Chinese New Year starts on Saturday, February 10, 2024 and runs for 16 days.

Anniversaries in 2024

Big anniversaries in 2024 include:

  • 25th anniversary of the euro
  • 55th anniversary since the first Moon landing
  • 75th anniversary of the creation of NATO
  • 80th anniversary of D-Day
  • 85th anniversary of the start of WWII
  • 110th anniversary of the start of WWI

The year 2024 also marks 10 years since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, 15 years since Barack Obama became president of the United States, 15 years since Michael Jackson died, and 20 years since the launch of Facebook.

Movies that turn 50 in 2024 include:

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Blazing Saddles
  • The Sugarland Express
  • Foxy Brown
  • Death Wish
  • Chinatown
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Black Christmas
  • Towering Inferno

Albums that turn 50 in 2024 include:

  • David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
  • Queen – Queen II
  • Neil Young – On the Beach
  • Elton John – Caribou
  • Supertramp – Crime of the Century
  • John Lennon – Walls and Bridges
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Natty Dread

Sports in 2024

The Super Bowl will be held in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Usher will perform during the halftime show. Find out how to watch the 2024 Super Bowl in Canada.

Toronto will host the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, February 3, 2024.

The NBA All-Star Game is on Sunday, February 18, 2024 in Indianapolis.

The MLB All-Star Game will be held on July 16, 2024 in Arlington, Texas.

Entertainment in 2024

The Golden Globes take place on Sunday, January 7, 2024 and the Oscars are on Sunday, March 10, 2024. See who’s nominated for an Oscar this year.

Because of the Hollywood strikes in 2023, the 75th Primetime Emmys are on Monday, January 14, 2024. The 76th Primetime Emmys will be held sometime in September 2024. The 51st Daytime Emmys will also be held in mid-2024.

The Grammys are on Sunday, February 4, 2024 and the Junos are on Sunday, March 24, 2024.

Movies opening in 2024 include:

  • Dune: Part Two
  • Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
  • Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
  • Bad Boys 4
  • Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F
  • Inside Out 2
  • Despicable Me 4
  • Twisters
  • Beetlejuice 2
  • Joker: Folie à Deux
  • Venom 3
  • Deadpool 3

See what the most anticipated movies of 2024 are.

Important Dates

Daylight Savings Time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3 in 2024.

You can find most big days in 2024 under our Important Dates 2024 tag page, including what day Christmas is on in 2024, when Thanksgiving is in 2024 (Canadian and American) or what day Mother’s Day is on in 2024.

Politics in 2024

While Canada won’t have its next federal election until 2025, the presidential election in the United States is on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.

Not as exciting as a federal election, but three provinces will have general elections in 2024:

  • British Columbia on October 19, 2024
  • New Brunswick on October 21, 2024
  • Saskatchewan on October 28, 2024

Did we miss something you’d like to know about 2024? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook page.

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