Special Days and Observances in May

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The month of May has fun and interesting days to celebrate as the spring weather turns warm and you look forward to summer. You and your child can learn more about history, health conditions, and healthy living. Your school, community center, or health organizations may have events and activities planned around these dates, but you can take the lead and design an activity for your child to focus on ones that are of interest.

Month-Long Observances

Week-Long Observances

  • National Family Reading Week (first week)
  • Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (first full week)
  • National Physical Education and Sport Week (first week)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (first full week, Monday through Friday)
  • Children's Book Week (first week)
  • Screen-Free Week (first week)
  • Wildflower Week (first week)
  • Astronomy Week (second week)
  • Reading is Fun Week (second full week)

Special Days and Holidays

These observances may be held on the same day each year or they may move from year to year. The dates given are only examples. Check your calendar for the exact dates for any given year.

First Four Days

  • May 1 May Day
  • May 1 Mother Goose Day
  • May 1 Law Day
  • May 1 Make a Book Day
  • May 1 World Laughter Day (first Sunday)
  • May 2 Sibling Appreciation Day
  • May 2 Teacher Appreciation Day (Tuesday of first full week)
  • May 3 Sun Day
  • May 3 Kite Day
  • May 4 Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • May 4 National Weather Observers Day

Next Eight Days

  • May 5  Museum Lovers Day
  • May 5 Cartoonist Day
  • May 5 National Day of Reason (first Thursday)
  • May 6 No Homework Day
  • May 6 International Space Day (first Friday)
  • May 6 Tuba Day (first Friday)
  • May 7 Space Day (first Saturday)
  • May 8 Mother's Day
  • May 8 VE Day
  • May 9  National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
  • May 9  Peter Pan Day
  • May 10 Windmill Day
  • May 11 Eat What You Want Day
  • May 12 Limerick Day
  • May 12 International Migratory Bird Day

Next Six Days

  • May 13 Frog Jumping Day
  • May 13 Tulip Day
  • May 13 Blame Someone Else Day (first Friday 13th of the year)
  • May 14 Star Wars Day
  • May 14 Stars and Stripes Forever Day
  • May 15 International Day of Families
  • May 15 Over the Rainbow Day
  • May 16 Biographer's Day
  • May 17 World Telecommunications Day
  • May 18 International Museum Day
  • May 19 National Learn to Swim Day (third Saturday in May)

Last Week

  • May 20 Endangered Species Day (third Friday)
  • May 21 Armed Forces Day (third Saturday)
  • May 22 National Maritime Day
  • May 23 World Turtle Day
  • May 24 Scavenger Hunt Day
  • May 25 Nerd or Geek Pride Day
  • May 25 National Heat Awareness Day (last Friday)
  • May 30 Memorial Day (last Monday)