5 Big Happenings in 2020

Buckle up2020 is a big year! Besides being the first year of the new 2020s decade, 2020 is a leap year full of many major events happening worldwide and in the United States.

5.) Census, opens a new window
Every 10 years the federal government is required to count everyone living in the United States. This 2020, Census Day will be observed nationwide on April 1, 2020. This year marks the first time you will be allowed to respond online. Census numbers are hugely important as the data collected is vital to determining government representation, federal funding allocation, as well as informing the work of researchers, businesses, and service providers. San Mateo County has further Census details, opens a new window and San Mateo County Libraries will be providing more soonstay tuned.

4.) Summer Olympics, opens a new window
The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games will take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. This will be the second time Tokyo, Japan will host the Summer Olympics, the first one taking place in 1964. In addition, this will be their fourth Olympic Games when you include the Winter Olympics. Thirty-three U.S. athletes qualified to participate, opens a new window, and look for several new events making their debut, opens a new window at this summer's games.
3.) NASA Mars 2020 Mission, opens a new window
NASA, opens a new window's Mars 2020 Rover is scheduled to launch on July 17, 2020 and land on Mars on February 18, 2021. The Mars 2020 Rover mission seeks to assess the evidence of past habitation on Mars. The mission, lasting approximately 687 Earth days or one Mars year, is believed to be favorable for microbial life. Space buffs can check out images, opens a new window and videos, opens a new window about the upcoming mission on NASA's site.
2.) 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, opens a new window
April 20, 2020 marks the 50th Earth Day since the first one in 1970, opens a new window. As climate change becomes an ever-pressing global challenge, expect to see lots of Earth Day-related events at San Mateo County Libraries and the greater community. Learn more ways, opens a new window you can take action towards global solutions.
1.) U.S. Election, opens a new window
The 2020 Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is arguably the event you're already hearing the most about in the news. The coverage is likely to escalate as primary candidates are selected and the election draws closer. Make sure you register to vote, opens a new window by February 18, 2020 to qualify to vote in California's Presidential Primary election, opens a new window on March 3, 2020. Visit any of our community locations for more voter information and election news resources.

Are there any other big happenings in 2020 I missed? Let us know below!