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Saratoga County Leap Year Observations

As today is February 29, we find ourselves curious about how Leap Year has been observed in Saratoga County in the past.  Here are a few snippets collected from the always useful historical newspapers site that give us a glimpse into Leap Years past.

January 29, 1880, found Corinth residents planning ahead for a sleighing party one month later.

Saratoga Sentinel January 29 1880

Saratoga Sentinel, January 29, 1880. Accessed at

Sales have been a popular Leap Year tradition for a long time, as this 1928 article describes a very successful “Dollar Day” in Mechanicville.

Mechanicville Dollar Day February 29 1928

Saratogian, February 29, 1928.  Accessed at 


This 1932 Ballston Journal article offers a bit of historical context mixed with humor.

Ballston Journal Feb 29 1932

Ballston Journal, February 29, 1932.  Accessed at 



Dances were another popular Leap Year tradition.  This dance was held in Corinth in 1940.


EMBA Saratogian Feb 29 1940

Saratogian, February 29, 1940.  Accessed at 


Those with birthdays that fall on February 29 get to claim a youthful age for a very long time, as this 1964 Saratogian photo illustrates.

March 7 1964 Saratogian

Saratogian, March 7, 1964.  Accessed at 

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