May 2024 Observances for Your

Senior Activity Calendar

Find interesting and unique observances and holidays for you to use as inspiration for your senior activity program.

Fun Observances and Holidays for May
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May 2024 Monthly Observances

  • Adopt a Horse Month
  • American Cheese Month
  • American Wetlands Month
  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Asthma Awareness Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • Building Safety Month
  • Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Clean Air Month
  • Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month
  • Gardening for Wildlife Month
  • Get Caught Reading Month
  • Gifts From the Garden Month
  • Global Civility Awareness Month
  • Haitian Heritage Month
  • Heal the Children Month
  • Healthy Vision Month
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • Homeschooling Awareness Month
  • Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month
  • International Mediterranean Diet Month
  • International Victorious Woman Month
  • Jewish-American Heritage Month
  • Latino Books Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
  • Mystery Month
  • National Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National Electrical Safety Month
  • National Foster Care Month
  • National Good Car-Keeping Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Meditation Month
  • National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
  • National Military Appreciation Month
  • National Osteoporosis Month
  • National Photography Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • National Preservation Month
  • National Read to Your Baby Bump Month
  • National Salad Month
  • National Salsa Month
  • National Strawberry Month
  • National Stroke Awareness Month
  • National Sweet Vidalia Onion Month
  • National Vinegar Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • Personal History Awareness Month
  • Play Tennis Month
  • Preservation Month
  • Save Your Tooth Month
  • Skin Cancer Awareness Month
  • Strike Out Stroke Month
  • Ultraviolet Awareness Month
  • Women’s Health Month
  • Young Achievers/Leaders of Tomorrow Month

May 2024 Weekly Observances

  • Be Kind to Animals Week (May 5-11)
  • Drinking Water Week (May 5-11)
  • National Hug Holiday Week (May 5-11)
  • National Pet Week (May 5-11)
  • National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-11)
  • National Tourism Week (May 5-11)
  • Public Service Recognition Week (May 5-11)
  • Update Your References Week (May 5-11)
  • National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 9-15)
  • National Police Week (May 12-18)
  • National Skilled Nursing Care Week (May 12-18)
  • National Transportation Week (May 12-18)
  • Salute to 40+ Moms Week (May 12-18)
  • Work at Home Moms Week (May 12-18)
  • National Etiquette Week (May 13-17)
  • National Stationery Week (May 13-19)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 13-19)
  • Bike to Work Week (May 15-21)
  • National Foul Ball Week (May 16-21)
  • National Safe Boating Week (May 18-24)
  • International New Friends, Old Friends Week (May 19-26)
  • National Unicycle Week (May 19-25)
  • World Trade Week (May 19-25)
  • National Backyard Games Week (May 20-27)
  • Fleet Week New York 2024 in New York City (May 22-28)
  • Week of Solidarity With the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories (May 25-31)
  • Bee Week 2024, the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland (May 26-31)

May 2024 Daily Observances

May 1

  • Discuss Your Wage Day, a day to encourage people to discuss their wages with coworkers
  • Executive Coaching Day
  • Keep Kids Alive – Drive 25 Day, encouraging people to follow residential speed limits
  • Labour Day in United Kingdom
  • Law Day
  • Lei Day in Hawaii
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • May One Day, a day to encourage schoolchildren to choose a dream and to go after it
  • Mother Goose Day
  • National Chocolate Parfait Day
  • National College Decision Day, the day high school students must make final college decisions
  • National High Potassium Awareness Day
  • New Home Owner’s Day
  • School Principals’ Day
  • World Lyme Day

May 2

  • National Day of Prayer
  • National Day of Reason
  • National Truffles Day
  • Robert’s Rules of Order Day, honoring the birthday of the author of the parliamentary guide Robert’s Rules of Order Henry Martyn Robert
  • World Password Day
  • World Tuna Day

May 3

  • Garden Meditation Day
  • International Tuba Day
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • National Raspberry Popover Day
  • National Space Day
  • National Specially-abled Pets Day, a day to recognize owners of disabled pets
  • National Textiles Day
  • National Two Different Colored Shoes Day, a day to encourage people to celebrate their uniqueness
  • School Lunch Hero Day, a day honoring school nutrition professionals
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • Free Comic Book Day
  • International Respect for Chickens Day
  • Learn to Ride a Bike Day
  • National Auctioneers Day
  • National Business Broker’s Appreciation Day
  • National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • National Fitness Day
  • National Orange Juice Day
  • National Scrapbooking Day
  • Star Wars Day
  • 150th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky

May 5

  • African World Heritage Day
  • Cartoonists Day
  • Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday remembering the Battle of Puebla in 1862
  • International Day of the Midwife
  • National Astronaut Day
  • National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
  • National Hoagie Day
  • National Infertility Survival Day
  • National Ride A Bike Day
  • World Laughter Day
  • World Portuguese Language Day

May 6

  • Great Lakes Awareness Day
  • International Management Accounting Day
  • International No Diet Day
  • Melanoma Monday, a day to encourage people to examine their skin (also called National Skin Self-Examination Day)
  • National Beverage Day
  • No Homework Day

May 7

  • National Teacher Day
  • National Tourism Day
  • World Asthma Day

May 8

  • Bike & Roll to School Day
  • Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day
  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • National Cruelty Free Day, a day to focus on the cruelty to animals who are testing beauty and home-cleaning products
  • National Have a Coke Day
  • National Night Shift Workers Day, also known as National Third Shift Workers Day
  • National Receptionists’ Day
  • National School Nurse Day
  • National Student Nurses Day
  • No Socks Day
  • V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day)
  • World Red Cross Red Crescent Day

May 9

  • Ascension Day, commemorating Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven
  • National Butterscotch Brownie Day
  • National Foodies Day

May 10

  • Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks a Voice, a day to celebrate sharks
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • National Shrimp Day
  • World Lupus Day

May 11

  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive in the United States
  • Mother Ocean Day
  • National Babysitters Day
  • National Dog Mom’s Day
  • Stay Up All Night Night
  • World Belly Dance Day
  • World Fair Trade Day
  • World Migratory Bird Day (also celebrated on October 14)

May 12

  • International Day of Plant Health
  • International Nurses Day
  • Limerick Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • National Nutty Fudge Day

May 13

  • Children of Fallen Patriots Day
  • International Hummus Day
  • National Apple Pie Day
  • National Fruit Cocktail Day

May 14

  • National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • “The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day
  • Underground America Day, honoring those who live in houses that are in or underground

May 15

  • International Day of Families
  • National Chocolate Chip Day
  • National Slider Day, a day to honor the petite burgers
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day

May 16

  • Biographers Day
  • International Day of Light, a day to recognize light and its role in scientific advancements
  • International Day of Living Together in Peace
  • National Mimosa Day
  • National Piercing Day

May 17

  • Endangered Species Day
  • International Virtual Assistants Day
  • National Cherry Cobbler Day
  • National Defense Transportation Day
  • National Pizza Party Day
  • National Walnut Day
  • World Eel Day
  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 18

  • Armed Forces Day
  • I Love Reese’s Day
  • International Learn to Swim Day
  • International Museum Day
  • Spring Astronomy Day
  • Visit Your Relatives Day
  • 149th running of the Preakness Stakes (horse racing) in Baltimore, Maryland

May 19

  • Hepatitis Testing Day
  • International Virtual Assistants Day
  • National Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • Ride a Unicycle Day
  • Whitsunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter which is a popular time for baptism

May 20

  • Eliza Doolittle Day, honoring the literary character’s commitment to speaking her native language properly
  • French Open (Tennis) Tournament in Paris, France begins
  • National Rescue Dog Day
  • Victoria Day in Canada
  • Weights and Measures Day
  • Whitmonday, the day after Whitsunday
  • World Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day
  • World Bee Day

May 21

  • “I Need a Patch for That” Day, a day recognizing the availability of patches that help with ailments
  • International Tea Day
  • National Strawberries and Cream Day
  • National Waitstaff Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22

  • Canadian Immigrants’ Day
  • International Day for Biological Diversity
  • National Maritime Day
  • National Vanilla Pudding Day
  • U.S. Colored Troops Founders Day
  • World Goth Day

May 23

  • Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day
  • Full Flower Moon
  • National Best Friend-in-Law Day, honoring the best friends of spouses
  • National Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother’s Day
  • International Tiara Day

May 25

  • African Freedom Day
  • National Brown-Bag-It Day
  • National Missing Children’s Day
  • National Tap Dance Day
  • National Wine Day
  • Towel Day
  • World Fish Migration Day

May 26

  • National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • National Cherry Dessert Day
  • World Lindy Hop Day
  • 108th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race in Indianapolis, Indiana

May 27

  • Memorial Day
  • National Grape Popsicle Day
  • National Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • National Hamburger Day

May 29

  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • National Alligator Day
  • National Coq au Vin Day
  • National Flip Flop Day
  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day
  • World Otter Day

May 30

  • National Mint Julep Day
  • World MS Day

May 31

  • National Macaroon Day
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No-Tobacco Day
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