Leap Year List – When Is the Next Leap Year?

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When is the next leap year?

Current year 2024 is a leap year.

The next leap year is year 2028.

When is the next leap day?

The next leap day is February 29, 2028.

How many days until next leap day?

There are 1352 days till next leap day.

Check out: Leap Day Countdown – How Many Days Until Next Leap Day?

When are the next five leap years? 

The following five leap years (after year 2024) are 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040 and 2044.

When was the last leap year?

The last leap year was 2020.

When was the last leap day?

The last leap day was February 29, 2024.

Which are the previous leap years?

The previous eight leap years were 2020, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996 and 1992.

Calendar for the next leap year (2024)

Here’s a calendar for the next leap year (year 2024)

Next leap year: 2024 Calendar Template  with week numbers 2024 - Sunday-starting weeks
Leap year: 2024 calendar has February 29th.

Psst! Grab a free printable 2024 calendar from this post (multiple designs: with or without week numbers, with or without federal holidays, and both landscape and portrait designs.)

Fun fact: Every typical calendar year starts and ends on the same day of the week, but this won’t be true for leap years. For example: 

  • 2023 begins and ends on a Sunday
  • 2025 begins and ends on a Wednesday
  • but 2024 (leap year) starts on a Monday and ends on a Tuesday.

List of upcoming leap years

Here’s a list of upcoming leap years from current day to year 2124. Note that year 2100 is not a leap year.

20242028203220362040
20442048205220562060
20642068207220762080
20842088209220962104
21082112211621202124
Leap year list – upcoming leap years

List of Prior leap years

Here’s a list of previous leap years from 1880 to current day. Note that year 1900 was not a leap year.

18801884188818921896
19041908191219161920
19241928193219361940
19441948195219561960
19641968197219761980
19841988199219962000
20042008201220162020
Leap year list – past leap years
Leap year List - List of previous leap years and upcoming leap years
Leap Year List – List of previous leap years and upcoming leap years

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What is a leap year?

A leap year is a calendar year with an extra day, the 29th of February (leap day), inserted into it.

The earth doesn’t orbit the sun for 365 days. The solar year (or tropical year) is approximately 365.24 days long, so the extra day every four years compensates for the inexact number of days a year.

Leap years happen every four years, so one year in every fourth year has 366 days instead of the usual 365 when the leap day is added to the calendar.

Leap day is on February 29th.

Why are leap days added every four years?

Earth’s orbit around the sun is not 365 days, but a bit more – approximately 365.24 days.

The leap day keeps our calendar year synchronized with the solar or astronomical year and aligned with the astronomical seasons.

Earth takes 24 hours to rotate on its axis, but it takes approximately 365.24 days (not 365 days) for the earth to orbit around the sun. So if we didn’t add a leap day every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar per year.

Over time, this would cause the seasons to shift, and our calendar would no longer match up with the astronomical year.

We include leap days and years in our calendar to keep it accurate with the earth’s revolutions around the sun.

Leap years help to keep our calendar year close to the astronomical year, and leap days allow us to make up for the inexact number of days in a year.

How do you know if a year is a leap year?

If the calendar has the day February 29th (Leap Day), then the year is a leap year. If the calendar doesn’t have February 29th, it’s a normal year.

How to remember which year is a leap year?

If you need to remember which years are leap years, you can start from the year 2000 (that was a leap year) or from 2020 (that was a leap year) and add four years. 

2020+4=2024. 2024+4=2028, and so on. 

So you could say that most years that can be divided by four without a remainder are leap years.

Leap year rules: Is leap year every four years?

Leap year rules - how to calculate if a year is a leap year
Leap year rules – how to calculate if a year is a leap year

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Leap year is every four years with an exception:

  • The year has to be divisible by 4 (without a remainder) but not by 100. (For example 1800, 1900 and 2100 are not leap years).
  • Exception: If the year is divisible by 400 it is a leap year. (For example: year 1600, 2000, 2400…

Leap year rules: The year 1984 was a leap year.

  • 1984/4=496 (divisible)
  • 1984/100=19.84 (non-divisible without a remainder)

But, for example, the year 1900 wasn’t a leap year.

  • 1900/4=475 (divisible)
  • 1900/100=19 (divisible)

If a year is divisible by 4 and by 100 it’s not a leap year, but if it is divisible by 400 then it is. 1900 is not divisible by 400 without a remainder so year 1900 was not a leap year.

  • 1900/400=4.75 (non-divisible without a remainder)

Leap year rules: The year 2000 was a leap year.

  • 2000/4=500 (divisible)
  • 2000/100=20 (divisible)

This is the exception: If a year is divisible by 4 and by 100 it shouldn’t be a leap year, but if it is divisible by 400 then it is.

  • 2000/400=5 (divisible)

So the year 1600 was a leap year, but 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not.

And year 2000 was a leap year, but 2100, 2200, and 2300 are not.

So only one of the four end-of-century years in 400 years is a leap year. The rest are common years.

Fun fact: A person born on leap day (February 29th) is called a leapling.

Which calendar do we use?

The modern-day calendar that the vast majority uses is Gregorian Calendar. It was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 and is based on the Julian calendar.

Even though the Julian calendar already had leap years, it was slightly off (today already about 13 days!). 

The Julian calendar: 

  • The year was 365 days and 6 hours long
  • and the leap year was every four years. 

Because the solar year is 365 days, 5 hours 48 minutes, and 46 seconds long (not 365 days and 6 hours), in the Gregorian calendar, since 1582, this has been corrected, and the leap years are calculated with a few exceptions.

The Gregorian calendar (modern day calendar we use today):

  • A Leap year is every four years if the year is divisible by 4 (without a remainder) but not by 100.
  • Exception: If the year is divisible by 400, it is a leap year.

Other calendars are still used to calculate f.ex religious holidays and annual feasts, but the Gregorian calendar is most commonly used to track days, weeks, months, and years.

FAQ

Is 2024 a leap year?

The year 2024 is a leap year. It has 366 days and has February 29th.

2024 Yearly Calendar printable with week numbers starting Sunday - beige free printable

How many days are in a leap year?

There are 366 days in a leap year.

Which years have 29 days in February?

Only leap years have 366 days and a February 29.

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