From highly anticipated movies, to a solar eclipse, 2017 surely has some surprises in store for all of us. Thus far, 2017 has been somewhat of a roller coaster for people like me. We have a kooky president making decisions, we've had many scientific discoveries, and we've solved a century-long mystery in Antarctica. But what else can we expect from 2017? Well, the list is far too long to be contained in such a short article, ranging from small holidays to a rare space phenomenon. However, I will do my best to bring out the (un)expected highlights.

Some summer holidays you didn’t know we had

Starting on May 28th, we have National Burger Day. A day to celebrate burgers. I'm certain that's pretty much it. So, if it doesn't offend you, go out and grab a healthy burger to celebrate the festivities that probably no one knows about. In June, there's World Environment Day, National Best-friend Day, and International Picnic Day. So, grab your friend, grab your old blanket, and have a picnic in June. July 1st is Canada Day, the 16th is National Ice Cream Day, and the 24th is National Tequila Day. No advice here on those days, just have (safe) fun.

Movies of 2017

Hopping off the topic of lesser-known holidays, let's talk about films that are coming out this summer.

There are a ton of movies coming out, and so many that one may have to pick and choose instead of seeing them all. Later this May, the next installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" will be released. In June, "Wonder Woman", "The Mummy", "Transformers", and "Despicable Me 3". On July 7th, the newest "Spider-Man" film will feature the third actor to portray Spider-Man.

At the end of July, a sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth" will be released.

The “Great American Eclipse”

Lastly, the important thing I wanted to talk about, is the total solar eclipse happening in August. Titled the "Great American Eclipse", this eclipse will span across America in 9 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina.

The eclipse will happen on Monday, August 21st of 2017. If you miss this one, you'll have to wait until 2024 to see another pass over America (and that one's best viewing spot is in Mexico). The shadow of the eclipse will touch the north Pacific Ocean at about 10:48 (Central Standard Time). It's said that the sun will rise while it is completely eclipsed, which is truly, a very rare sight. So, I'd highly recommend seeing this year's eclipse. I know I will!