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About May Holidays

There's more than a few big May holidays for you to enjoy. Among the biggies is The Kentucky Derby, held early on the first Saturday of the month. Mint Juleps anyone!? Then, we get to honor and celebrate mom on Mother's Day. We end the month with Memorial Day as we honor the veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect and preserve our liberties and freedom. Memorial Day also signifies the beginning of summer, even though it has not yet arrived meteorologically .But, that's not all May has to offer. There are plenty of May National holidays and international holidays to enjoy.

Month Celebrations

  • Asian American Month
  • Date Your Mate Month
  • Foster Care Month
  • Gifts from the Garden Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • Mystery Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National Blood Pressure Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Photograph Month
  • National Recommitment Month
  • National Salad Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Weekly Celebrations

  • Be Kind to Animals Week -First full week of month
  • Nurse's Week - first full week of month
  • Wildflower Week - week two
  • National Bike Week - third week
  • National Police Week - third week of month
  • Emergency Medical Services Week - fourth week of month

May, 2023 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

 May 1

Hawaiian Lei Day

Loyalty Day

May Day

Mother Goose Day

Save the Rhino Day

May 2

Baby Day

Brothers and Sisters Day  

May 3

Bike to School Day -  First Wednesday in May

Garden Meditation Day

Lumpy Rug Day

World Press Freedom Day

May 4

Bird Day

National Candied Orange Peel Day

Renewal Day

Star Wars Day

May 5

Cartoonist Day

Cinco de Mayo

International Tuba Day - first Friday in May

National Hoagie Day

Oyster Day

Space Day - first Friday in May

May 6

Beverage Day

Free Comic Book Day - first Saturday in May

Herb  Day - first Saturday in May

Kentucky Derby Day - first Saturday in May 

National Fitness Day - first Saturday in May    

National Tourist Appreciation Day

National Nurses Day

No Diet Day

May 7 

National Day of Prayer

National Tourism Day

May 8

 Iris  Day

National Outdoor Intercourse Day

No Socks Day

V-E Day

World Red Cross Day / World Red Crescent Day

May 9 

Lost Sock Memorial Day 

National Teacher's Day - Tuesday of first full week of May

May 10

 Clean up Your Room Day  

National Receptionist Day the second Wednesday in May

School Nurses Day the Wednesday during Nurse's Week

May 11

Eat What You Want Day

Twilight Zone Day

May 12

Child Care Provider Day or Daycare Provider Day - Friday before Mother's Day

Fatigue Syndrome Day

International Nurses Day

Limerick Day 

Military Spouses Day the Friday before Mother's Day

May 13

Birth Mother's Day - Saturday before Mother's Day

Frog Jumping Day

International Hummus Day

International Migratory Bird Day the second Saturday in May

Leprechaun Day

National Babysitters Day - Saturday before Mother's Day  

  National Windmill Day - the second Saturday in May

National Train Day- Saturday closest to May 10th

May 14

Dance Like a Chicken Day

 Lilac Sunday second Sunday in May

 Mother's Day second Sunday in May

May 15

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Slider Day

Police Officer's Memorial Day

May 16

Love a Tree Day

National Sea Monkey Day

Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

Pack Rat Day

May 18

International Museum Day

No Dirty Dishes Day

Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

Boy's Club Day

National Bike to Work Day - third Friday of month

National Endangered Species Day - third Friday in May

World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day

May 20

Armed Forces Day - third Saturday of month

Be a Millionaire Day - now we all can go for that

Pick Strawberries Day

May 21 

National Memo Day

National Waiters and Waitresses Day

 May 22

Buy a Musical Instrument Day

National Maritime Day

Victoria Day(Canada) - Monday preceding the 25th

World Goth Day

May 23

Lucky Penny Day

World Turtle Day

 May 24

International Tiara Day

National Escargot Day

May 25

National Missing Children's Day

National Brown Bag It Day

National Towel Day - in the UK

National Wine Day

Tap Dance Day

May 26

Don't Fry Friday - Friday before Memorial Day

Sally Ride Day

 May 27 

International Jazz Day - Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Sun Screen Day

May 28

Amnesty International Day

National Hamburger Day

May 29

Learn About Composting Day

Memorial Day last Monday of month

May 30

Mint Julep Day

Water a Flower Day

May 31

National Macaroon Day

Save Your Hearing Day

World No Tobacco Day

World Otter Day -  Last Wednesday in May


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  3.  How to Create Special Days

  4.  Definition of "National" Days

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