This handy list of national days in May will give you a quick look at the month to find out how to celebrate your favorite national days.
Use it to plan your crafts ideas, food and drink recipes, and get some ideas for activities.
Each time I cover a new and fun national day about May on the blog, I add new links to the list below, to gives you new ideas for ways to celebrate these days.
The list of important days in May is long this month. With the weather really being warm throughout the US, it gives us lots of opportunities for something related the the outdoors to become a national day.
Learn more about the month of May
Brush up on your knowledge of May with these facts about its history in our calendar.
May is the fifth month of the year in the calendar. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is getting close to the end of spring, but in the Southern hemisphere it is associated with autumn.
The name of the month comes from the word Maius. It is associated with Maia, the goddess of spring and growth.
Fun facts about May
The month of May has arrived, so let’s catch up with a few facts about this month where we honor our Moms.
But don’t stop these activities, with all these other fun and unusual holidays, there is more than just outdoor eating to celebrate this month.
- The birthstone of May is the emerald and the birth flowers for May are lily of the valley (often confused with the Easter lily) and hawthorne.
- Taurus (the bull) is the zodiac sign of May until the 20th, then Gemini (the Twins) is the sign from May 21 on.
- It was once considered bad luck to be married in May. There was even a saying “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day“.
- The Indianapolis 500 car race is held each year in May.
- Be sure to go to the Kentucky Derby on the 1st Saturday of May.
- The Catholic Church celebrates the Virgin Mary in May each year.
- Hand made May baskets with candy goodies used to be delivered to friends on May 1st but this is not such a common custom now.
- The Empire State Building was officially dedicated on May 1, 1931.
- The first Saturday in May is known as naked gardening day!
May national monthly observances
May is National BBQ month, which is apt, since Memorial Day falls at the end of the month and many of us barbecue on this day.
It is also National Hamburger Month, National Strawberry Month and National Salsa Month.
But don’t stop with these activities. There are so many more things to honor.
On the medical front May is National Mental Health Awareness month and National Stroke Awareness month. It also has many more monthly observances.
- ALS Awareness Month
- American Cheese Month
- Better Speech and Language Month
- Celiac Disease Awareness Month
- Correct Your Posture Month
- National Salad Month
- National Salsa Month
- National Strawberry Month
- Jewish American Heritage Month
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month
- National Asparagus Month
- National Dental Care Awareness Month
- National Military Appreciation Month
- National Motorcycle Awareness Month
- Sturge-Weber Syndrome Awareness
- National Wild Fire Awareness Month
- National Brain Cancer and Brain Tumor Awareness Month
- National Blood Pressure Education Month
- National Foster Care Month
- Older Americans Month
- National Barbecue Month
- National Bike Month
- National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
- National Egg Month
- National Get Caught Reading Month
- National Hamburger Month
- National Lyme Disease Awareness Month
- National Mediterranean Diet Month
- National Photography Month
- Melanoma Awareness Month
- Skin Cancer Awareness Month
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
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List of national days in May
The list below breaks down the May national days, day by day. Some of these days have links to pages on my site where you can find more information about that interesting and fun national day.
I add to this page each week with new links and fun facts about your favorite national day, so be sure to check back often for new ideas.
There seem to be more special days in May that in the other months. From May Day on May 1 to Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, there are dozens of days to celebrate this month.
We even celebrate dinosaur day and National Truffle day in the first part of the month.
- May Day
- National Loyalty Day
- National Chocolate Parfait Day
- National Mother Goose Day
- National Skilled Trades Day
- National Purebred Dog Day
- School Principals’ Day
- Silver Star Service Banner Day
- Couple Appreciation Day
- Law Day
- Frequent Flyer Day
- Save the Rhino Day
- New Homeowners Day
- Phone in Sick Day
- National Life Insurance Day
- National Truffle Day
- Baby Day
- Sibling Appreciation Day (also known as Brothers and Sisters Day)
- National Fire Day
- National Play Your Ukulele day
- World Tuna Day
- Take a Baby to Lunch Day
- National Textiles Day
- National Chocolate Custard Day
- National Garden Meditation Day
- National Lumpy Rug Day
- National SAN Architect Day
- National Paranormal Day
- National Raspberry Popover Day
- National Specially-Abled Pets Day
- National Montana Day
- National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
- Public Radio Day
- Sun Day
- Bird Day
- National Candied Orange Peel Day
- National Orange Juice Day
- National Renewal Day
- National Star Wars Day
- National Weather Observers Day
- Anti Bullying Day
- National Kid’s Fitness Day
- National Astronaut Day
- National Cartoonists Day
- National Silence the Shame Day
- Cinco de Mayo
- National Hoagie Day
- National Totally Chipotle Day
- National Beverage Day
- National Crepe Suzette Day
- National Nurses Day
- International No Diet Day
- National Tourist Appreciation Day
- International Permaculture Day
- National Barrier Awareness Day
- National Packaging Design Day
- National Paste-Up Day
- National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
- National Cosmopolitan Day
- National Tourism Day
- National Coconut Cream Pie Day
- National Have A Coke Day
- National Student Nurses Day
- Free Trade Day
- No Socks Day
- Iris Day (called Irisfeest in Belgium)
More national days in May
- National Sleepover Day
- National Butterscotch Brownie Day
- National Lost Sock Memorial Day
- National Moscato Day
- Hurray for Buttons Day
- National Lipid Day
- National Shrimp Day
- National Clean Up Your Room Day
- National Washington Day
- National Small Business Day
- Trust Your Intuition Day
- World Lupus Day
- National Foam Rolling Day
- National Twilight Zone Day
- National Eat What You Want Day
- Hostess Cupcake Day
- National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
- National Limerick Day
- National Nutty Fudge Day
- National Odometer Day
- International Nurses Day
- National Crouton Day
- National Apple Pie Day
- National Frog Jumping Day
- National Fruit Cocktail Day
- National Leprechaun Day
- Cough Drop Day
- International Hummus Day
- World Cocktail Day
- Top Gun Day
- Tulip Day
- National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
- National Dance Like a Chicken Day
- National Underground America Day
- The Stars and Stripes Forever Day
- National Chocolate Chip Day
- National Nylon Stocking Day
- National Peace Officers Memorial Day
- National Safety Dose Day
- International Day of Families
- Straw Hat Day
Extra national days in May that change each year
Some days of the year don’t have an exact date that they fall on in any given year. These days depend on the calendar for the current year.
National days in May in the first half of the month
- National Lemonade Day – (1st Sun.)
- World Laughter Day – (1st Sun.)
- National Infertility Survival Day – Sunday before Mother’s Day
- Melanoma Monday – (1st Mon.)
- National Foster Care Day | (1st Tues.)
- World Asthma Day – (1st Tues.)
- Poem on your Pillow Day – (1st Tues.)
- National Concert Day – (1st Tues.)
- National Teacher Appreciation Day – Tues. of the First Full Week in May
- National School Nurse Day – Changes each year
- National Day of Prayer – First Thursday in May
- National Day of Reason – First Thursday in May
- World Password Day – First Thursday in May
- International Space Day – (1st Fri.)
- National School Lunch Hero Day – (1st Fri.)
- International Tuba Day – (1st Fri.)
- International Sauvignon Blanc Day – (1st Fri.)
- No Pants Day – (1st Fri.)
- National Military Spouse Appreciation Day – Fri. Before Mother’s Day
- National Provider Appreciation Day – Fri. Before Mother’s Day
- National Public Gardens Day (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
- National Homebrew Day – (1st Sat.)
- National Join Hands Day – (1st Sat.)
- National Bombshells’ Day – (1st Sat.)
- National Scrapbook Day – (1st Sat.)
- National Start Seeing Monarchs Day – (1st Sat)
- Free Comic Book Day – (1st Sat.)
- National Bike to School Day (Changes each year) – May 4 in 2022
- National Babysitter’s Day – Sat. Before Mother’s Day
- National Birth Mother’s Day – Sat. Before Mother’s Day
- Mother’s Day – (2nd Sun.)
- National Women’s Checkup Day (2nd. Mon.)
- National Receptionists’ Day – (2nd Wed,)
- National Third Shift Workers Day – (2nd Wed.)
- National Dog Mom’s Day – (2nd Sat.)
- National Archery Day – (2nd Sat.)
- National Miniature Golf Day – (2nd Sat.)
- National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day – (2nd Sat.)
- Cornelia De Lange Syndrome Awareness Day – (2nd Sat.)
- Herb Day – (2nd. Sat.)
- National Chardonnay Day – (Thurs. before Memorial Day)
- National Train Day (Sat. Closest to May 10)
National days in May the second half of the month
- Stepmother’s Day (Sun after Mother’s Day)
- World Baking Day – ( 3rd Sun.)
- Dinosaur Day – (3rd Tues.)
- National Juice Slush Day – (3rd Wed.)
- National Hummus Day – (3rd Thurs.)
- National Aperatif Day – (3rd Thurs.)
- National Notebook Day – (3rd Thurs.)
- National Don’t Fry Day– Friday Before Memorial Day
- National Bike to Work Day – (3rd Fri.)
- National Defense Transportation Day – (3rd Fri.)
- National Endangered Species Day – (3rd Fri.)
- National Pizza Party Day – (3rd Fri.)
- National NASCAR Day – (3rd Fri.)
- National Armed Forces Day – (3rd Sat.)
- Culture Freedom Day – (3rd Sat.)
- National Learn to Swim Day – (3rd Sat.)
- National River Clean up Day – (3rd Sat.)
- World Whiskey Day – (3rd Sat.)
- Memorial Day – (last Mon.)
- National Senior Health & Fitness Day – (Last Wed.)
- Heat Awareness Day – (Last Fri.)
- No Homework Day – (Last Fri.)
More national days in May to celebrate
Here we are half way through the month, already! Has your favorite national day been listed yet? Don’t give up. We have lots more fun national days coming up in May. How about National Rescue Dog Day or No Dirty Dishes Day? Both are still to come!
- National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day
- National Barbecue Day
- National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day
- National Biographer’s Day
- National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day
- National Love a Tree Day
- National Piercing Day
- National Sea Monkey Day
- National Mimosa Day
- Biographer’s Day
- Wear Purple for Peace Day
- National Graduation Tassel Day
- National Cherry Cobbler Day
- National Pack Rat Day
- National Pinot Grigio Day
- National Walnut Day
- National Idaho Day
- National Mushroom Hunting Day
- World Hypertension Day
- International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
- National Cheese Soufflé Day
- National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
- National No Dirty Dishes Day
- National Visit Your Relatives Day
- I love Reeses© Day
- Mother Whistler Day
- International Museum Day
- Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day
- National Devil’s Food Cake Day
- National May Ray Day
- Boys Club Day
- National Hepatitis Testing Day
- National Rescue Dog Day
- National Be a Millionaire Day
- National Pick Strawberries Day
- National Quiche Lorraine Day
- Flower Day
- Eliza Doolittle Day
- Weights and Measures Day
- World Bee Day
- Agender Pride Day
- National American Red Cross Founder’s Day
- National Memo Day
- National Strawberries and Cream Day
- National Waitstaff Day
- Rapture Party Day
- I need a Patch for that Day
- National Solitaire Day
- National Craft Distillery Day
- National Buy a Musical Instrument Day
- National Vanilla Pudding Day
- National Maritime Day
- Canadian Immigrants Day
- Sherlock Holmes Day
- World Goth Day
- National Lucky Penny Day
- National Taffy Day
- World Turtle Day
- National Escargot Day
- National Scavenger Hunt Day
- National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day
- National Brother’s Day
- National Wyoming Day
- National Tiara Day
- Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris
- National Brown-Bag It Day
- National Missing Children’s Day
- National Tap Dance Day
- National Wine Day
- Towel Day
- Greek Pride Day
- National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
- International Jazz Day
- National Cherry Dessert Day
- National Paper Airplane Day
- World Dracula Day
- World Lindy Hop Day
- World Redhead Day
- National Cellophane Tape Day
- National Grape Popsicle Day
- Nothing to Fear Day
- Old Time Player Piano Day
- Sunscreen Protection Day
- National Brisket Day
- National Hamburger Day
- International Hamburger Day
- Amnesty International Day
- National Coq Au Vin Day
- National Paperclip Day
- Learn about Composting Day
- World Digestive Health Day
- International Coq au Vin Day
- National Creativity Day
- National Loomis Day
- National Recruiter Day
- National Hole In My Bucket Day
- National Mint Julep Day
- National Water a Flower Day
- World Multiple Sclerosis Day
- National Autonomous Vehicle Day
- National Macaroon Day
- National Utah Day
- Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day
- National Save Your Hearing Day
- National Speak in Sentences Day
- National Smile Day
- National Meditation Day
Just for the foodies – National days in May and other months!
If you are a foodie, I have some special national day pages just for you.
Each month has its own list of foodie national days and each month celebrates different food holidays. Here are some other foodie national day lists that feature only food holidays to honor with your favorite recipes:
- January food holidays
- February holidays for foodies
- March national food days
- List of food days in April
- May national food holidays.
- List of food days in June
- Discover the food days in July
- August national food days
- September national food days
- October food holidays
- December food holidays
More to come later!
National day word search printables
If you like to do puzzles, be sure to check out my monthly printables. Each one features several national days that I have hidden in a word find puzzle.
For the national days word search printables for the other months, check out these pages:
- January national days word find puzzle
- February national day word search printable
- Word search of March national days
- April national day word search printable
- May national day word find puzzle
- June national days word search puzzle
- July national day word search puzzle
- August national day word search printable
- September national day puzzle to search and find
- October national day printable word search puzzle
- Word search printable for November national days
- December national day word search printable
Other word search puzzles to be updated soon. Stay tuned!
Monthly national day lists
There are over 2000 national days in the year and each month has over 150 special days to celebrate. Get all the monthly lists here:
- National days of January
- National days in February
- March national days
- List of national days in April
- What are the national days in May? (this page)
- National days of June
- National days of July
- National days in August
- National days in September
- List of national days in October
- November national days
- National days of December
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- Card stock, computer paper, or glossy photo paper
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- Load your paper, heavy cardstock or glossy photo paper into your computer printer.
- Choose portrait layout and "fit to page" in your settings if possible.
- Print the planner and fill in your favorite national days.
- Start planning!
- Using this print function on this card will print a calendar that fills about 1/2 - 3/4 of an 8 x 11 sheet of paper.
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