May Holidays

The merry month of May celebrates spring in full swing, and boasts a number of seasonal, foodie, and pop culture days. At National Today we love celebrating 62 May holidays!

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

May 1

May DayFunU.S.

May 2

National Brothers and Sisters DayFamilyU.S.

May 3

National Paranormal DayFunU.S.

May 4

Star Wars DaySci-FiWorld

May 4

World Password DayFunWorld

May 5

Cinco de MayoDrinking, FoodMexico, U.S.

May 5

National Hoagie DayFoodU.S.

May 6

International No Diet DayFun, InternationalU.S.

May 6

National Nurses DayCareerU.S.

May 6

National Tourist Appreciation DayFunU.S.

May 7

National Tourism DayFunU.S.

May 8

National Have a Coke DayBrandU.S.

May 8

National Teacher's DayCareerU.S.

May 9

National Moscato DayDrinkingU.S.

May 10

National Clean Your Room DayEnvironmentalU.S.

May 10

National Receptionists DayCareerU.S.

May 10

National Shrimp DayFoodU.S.

May 11

National Eat What You Want DayFoodU.S.

May 12

National Limerick DayFunU.S.

May 12

World Migratory Bird DayEnvironmentalWorld

May 13

Fair Trade DayCauseWorld

May 13

International Hummus DayFood, InternationalU.S.

May 13

Mother's DayFamilyU.S.

May 13

National Apple Pie DayFoodU.S.

May 13

National Fruit Cocktail DayFoodU.S.

May 14

National Buttermilk Biscuit DayFoodU.S.

May 15

International Day of FamiliesFamily, InternationalWorld

May 15

National Chocolate Chip DayFoodU.S.

May 16

National Mimosa DayDrinkingU.S.

May 17

National Walnut DayFoodU.S.

May 18

National No Dirty Dishes DayCauseU.S.

May 18

National Pizza Party DayFoodU.S.

May 19

National Armed Forces DayCareerU.S.

May 19

National Devil's Food Cake DayFoodU.S.

May 19

National Endangered Species DayEnvironmentalU.S.

May 19

ShavuotRelationshipsWorld

May 20

National Be a Millionaire DayCareerU.S.

May 21

National Waiters and Waitresses DayCareerU.S.

May 22

Harvey Milk DayCauseU.S.

May 22

International Day for Biological DiversityEnvironmental, InternationalWorld

May 22

National Maritime DayCareerU.S.

May 23

National Taffy DayFoodU.S.

May 24

National Brother's DayFamilyU.S.

May 24

National Scavenger Hunt DayFunU.S.

May 25

National Wine DayDrinkingU.S.

May 26

National Paper Airplane DayFunU.S.

May 27

National Sunscreen DayCauseU.S.

May 28

Memorial DayFederalU.S.

May 28

National Brisket DayFoodU.S.

May 28

National Hamburger DayFoodU.S.

May 29

Learn About Composting DayEnvironmentalU.S.

May 29

VesakReligiousWorld

May 30

National Mint Julep DayDrinkingU.S.

May 31

National Macaroon DayFoodU.S.

May 31

World No Tobacco DayHealthWorld

May

National Barbecue MonthFoodU.S.

May

National Blood Pressure MonthHealthU.S.

May

National Egg MonthFoodU.S.

May

National Lyme Disease Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

May

National Lyme Disease Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

May

National Pet WeekPetsU.S.

May

National Teen Self-Esteem MonthCauseU.S.

What is the significance of May holidays?

May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who embodied fertility. The month's most famous holiday — the eponymous May Day — similarly celebrates the bounty of new life, and is chock full of pre-Christian vernal rites. Of course, there are plenty of modern celebrations in May as well, including National Have a Coke Day (May 8th) and Star Wars Day (on May the 4th, of course).

What are some memorable May holiday moments?

May commemorates a few key moments in history. On May 22nd Harvey Milk Day celebrates the birth of Harvey Milk — the first openly gay politician in California and a prominent leader of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Memorial Day (May 28th), interestingly, was historically placed at the end of May because the dates did not fall near the anniversary of any major Civil War battle — which meant it could serve as a day of remembrance for all veterans.

Are we missing your favorite May holiday?

Are we missing your favorite May holiday? Drop us a line at our holiday submission page! But first, Make sure compile a bit of information about the holiday. Is it celebrated widely? Does it have a track record of media coverage? We'll do our best to get your holiday up.

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