Anthony, Texas, and Anthony, New Mexico are neighboring towns separated by a state line, and these two towns together are known as the Leap Year Capital of the World. The town's own chamber of commerce assigned it this lofty title thanks to their Leap Day festival.
The festival was first proposed in 1988, when a local resident and chamber of commerce member named Mary Ann Brown proposed a celebration on February 29 of that year. Brown's enthusiasm for the occasional holiday may stem from the fact that her own birthday falls on February 29. The chamber of commerce approved the festival and the Leap Year Capital of the World name, showing local enthusiasm for the idea.