Holidays in May
Holidays in May give us the opportunity to remember those who gave their lives for our country and to even let our brothers and sisters know how we feel about them! There's Brothers and Sisters Day (maybe you can get along for one day), Kite Day (let the stress fly away), and much, much more.
And holidays in May are also a time to remember and honor others, like Memorial Day, National Nurses Day, and Peace Officer Memorial Day.
May seems like a big circle of life. Make the most of it!
May also brings us the birthstone, the Emerald, and the flower, Lily of the Valley.
One more thing:"It's spring fever...
You don't quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache,
you want it so!"
Enjoy your holidays in May!
Holidays in May
Save the Rhino Day
Brothers and Sisters Day
World Press Freedom Day – a United Nations declaration to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression
Cinco de Mayo - observed in the US as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride
National Nurses Day
Holocaust Victims Memorial Day
Eat What You Want Day
Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
National Chocolate Chip Day
Peace Officers Memorial Day
National Waiter/Waitress Day
Buy a Musical Instrument Day
National Maritime Day
National Turtle Day
National Missing Children’s Day
National Tap Dance Day
National Hamburger Day
More Holidays in May
National Day of Prayer - 1st Thursday in May, people are asked to come together and pray, especially for their country
Space Day - (date varies) promotes math, science, technology, and engineering education by nurturing in youth the enthusiasm for the wonders of the
universe and inspiring them to continue the work of today’s space explorers
National Scrapbooking Day - 1st Saturday in May
National Teachers Day - on Tuesday, the first full week in May
National Receptionists Day - 2nd Wednesday of May (and a part of National Receptionists Week - not to be confused with Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's Day)
National School Nurse Day - the Wednesday of National Nurse Week
Mother’s Day - second Sunday in May
National Defense Transportation Day - 3rd Friday in May, remembers the contributions of people working in the United States' transport industry
Armed Forces Day - celebrated on the 3rd Saturday in May
Ascension Day - a traditional Christian Feast affirming the ascension of Jesus Christ to Heaven. Celebrated on Thursday in the 6th week following Easter Sunday – 40 days after Easter
Pentecost - a Christian feast celebrated on the tenth day after Ascension Day; Christians celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, as found in the Book of Acts, Chapter 2 of the Holy
Memorial Day - observed on the last Monday of May
- Freedom Is Not Free - a poem by Kelly Strong
- In Flanders Fields - a poem by John McCrae
- We Shall Keep the Faith - a poem by Moina Michael
Weekly Holidays in May, Celebrations, Events
National Music Week - the 1st full week in May
National Postcard Week - the 1st full week in May
National Raisin Week - the 1st week in May
Children’s Book Week - either the 1st or 2nd week of May (varies)
Teacher Appreciation Week - 1st full week in May
National Nurses Week - the week of May 6-12
National Receptionists Week - 2nd week of May
Armed Forces Week - begins the 2nd Saturday of May and ends the 3rd Sunday of May, following Armed Forces Day, celebrated on the 3rd Saturday in May.
- Armed Forces Day Quotes
National Police Week - the week in which May 15 falls, to recognize the service and sacrifice of US law enforcement
National Backyard Games Week - 3rd week in May
National Transportation Week - 3rd week in May
World Trade Week - celebrate the benefits of trade to our Nation and the global economy during the 3rd week in May
National Safe Boating Week - the week prior to Memorial Day
Monthly Holidays in May, Celebrations, Events
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
National Foster Care Month
National Barbecue Month
National Salad Month
Older Americans Month
Notable Holidays in May/ Dates
May 1, 1931 – The Empire State Building was officially opened in New York City.
May 5, 1961 – Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. was the first American to blast off into space in Freedom 7. His sub-orbital flight lasted 15 minutes.
May 6, 1937 – The LZ 129 Hindenburg, attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey, caught on fire. In less than a minute it crashed and was completely destroyed.
May 8, 1884 – Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States, was born in Lamar, Missouri.
May 8, 1945 – The US and her Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of Germany, known and celebrated as V-E Day or Victory in Europe Day.
May 10, 1869 – The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans of the United States were connected on this date by the opening of the First Transcontinental Railroad.
May 11, 1858 – Minnesota became the 32nd state in the Union.
May 13, 1846 – Following the 1845 US annexation of Texas, Mexico continued to lay claims to Texas. After fighting over the Nueces Strip (north of the Rio Grande), the US Congress declared war on Mexico on this date.
May 14, 1804 – “Set out from camp river a Dubois at 4 oClock PM and proceed up the Missouris under Sail to the first Island in the Missouri…” - the beginning of the Lewis & Clark Expedition to the Pacific Ocean.
May 14, 1904 – The first Olympics held in the United States were the Summer Games, opened on this date in St. Louis, Missouri.
May 14, 1973 – The United States’ first space station, Skylab was launched into space.
May 15, 1942 - The Women's Army Corps (WAC) was founded. Starting as the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), it became a branch of the Army as the WAC in 1943. Approximately 150,000 women signed up and were the first women other than nurses to serve with the Army. It was disbanded in 1978.
May 18, 1980 – Mt. St. Helen, located in the state of Washington, erupted on this date at 8:32 a.m. PST.
May 19, 1643 – The New England Confederation was formed . Delegates from the colonies of Connecticut, New Haven, Massachusetts, and Plymouth met for the primary purpose of mutual defense.
May 20, 1768 - Dolley Madison, wife of the 4th President of the United States James Madison and America’s “first” First Lady, was born on this date in North Carolina.
May 20-21, 1927 - Charles Lindbergh made history by flying non-stop from New York to Paris, France in his single-seat, single-engine Spirit of St. Louis.
May 20-21, 1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean, taking off from Newfoundland, Canada and landing on the coast of Ireland.
May 21, 1881 – Clara Barton, along with some supporters, founded the American Red Cross on this date in Washington DC.
May 23, 1788 – South Carolina, the 8th of the original 13 colonies
May 24, 1844 - Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message, “What hath God wrought?” from Washington DC to Baltimore Maryland.
May 24, 1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge officially opened.
May 25, 1935 - Babe Ruth, playing for the Boston Braves of the National League, hit his 714th homerun in the 7th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field.
May 25, 1935 - Jesse Owens set three world records on this date during a Big Ten Track meet at Ann Arbor, Michigan. He set new world records in the long jump, the 220-yard sprint, and the 220-yard low hurdles; he tied the world record for the 100-yard sprint.
May 27, 1937 – The Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrians on this date. The next day it opened to automobile traffic.
May 28, 1887 – One of the top athletes of the 20th century, Jim Thorpe was born on this day near Prague, Oklahoma.
May 28, 1997 – Aviatrix Linda Finch recreated the historic flight of Amelia Earhart’s attempt to fly around the world. She flew a restored 1935 Electra 10E, almost identical to the plane Earhart flew. Finch completed the flight on this day when she landed at Oakland, California.
May 29, 1790 – Rhode Island, the 13th of the original 13 colonies
May 29, 1848 – Wisconsin became the 30th state in the Union.
May 30, 1911 – The first Indianapolis 500 was held on this date at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. Ray Harroun won the race using a rear view mirror for the first time.
May 30, 1922 – The Lincoln Memorial, located on the National Mall in Washington DC, was dedicated on this day.
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