May 2017 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 2017 Monthly Observances

  • American Wetlands Month
  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Asthma Awareness Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • Clean Air Month
  • Gardening for Wildlife Month
  • Get Caught Reading Month
  • Gifts From the Garden Month
  • Global Civility Awareness Month
  • Haitian Heritage Month
  • Healthy Vision Month
  • International Mediterranean Diet Month
  • International Victorious Woman Month
  • Jewish-American Heritage Month
  • Latino Books Month
  • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • Motorcycle Safety Month
  • Mystery Month
  • National Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month
  • National Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National Foster Care Month
  • National Good Car-Keeping Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Meditation Month
  • National Military Appreciation Month
  • National Osteoporosis Month
  • National Photo Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • National Preservation Month
  • National Salad Month
  • National Salsa Month
  • National Scrapbooking Month
  • National Stroke Awareness Month
  • National Sweet Vidalia Onion Month
  • National Vinegar Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • Personal History Awareness Month
  • Spiritual Literacy Month
  • Strike Out Strokes Month
  • Tennis Month
  • Ultraviolet Awareness Month
  • Women's Health Care Month
  • Worldwide Home Schooling Awareness Month
  • Young Achievers/Leaders of Tomorrow Month

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May 2017 Weekly Observances

  • Children's Book Week (May 1-7)
  • Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7)
  • National Wildflower Week (May 1-7)
  • Pet Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-5)
  • National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
  • Be Kind to Animals Week (May 7-13)
  • Goodwill Industries Week, highlighting Goodwill Industries' community-based services (May 7-13)
  • National Family Week (May 7-13)
  • National Hug Holiday Week (May 7-13)
  • National Pet Week (May 7-13)
  • National Travel & Tourism Week (May 7-13)
  • Root Canal Awareness Week (May 7-13)
  • Update Your References Week (May 7-13)
  • National Etiquette Week (May 8-12)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 8-14)
  • National Police Week (May 14-20)
  • National Transportation Week (May 14-20)
  • National Foul Ball Week (May 16-21)
  • National Safe Boating Week (May 20-26)
  • International New Friends, Old Friends Week (May 21-27)
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 21-27)
  • World Trade Week (May 21-27)
  • National Backyard Games Week (May 22-29)
  • Fleet Week New York 2017 (May 24-30)

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May 2017 Daily Observances

May 1

  • Law Day
  • Lei Day
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Melanoma Monday, a day to encourage people to examine their skin (also called National Skin Self-Examination Day)
  • Mother Goose Day
  • New Home Owner's Day
  • School Principals' Day

May 2

  • National Teacher Day
  • Robert's Rules Day, honoring the author of the popular parliamentary guide Robert's Rules of Order
  • World Asthma Day

May 3

  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • National Specially-abled Pets Day, a day to recognize owners of disabled pets
  • National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • International Respect for Chickens Day
  • National Day of Prayer
  • National Orange Juice Day
  • Star Wars Day

May 5

  • Cartoonists Day
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • International Day of the Midwife
  • National Hoagie Day

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May 6

  • Free Comic Book Day
  • National Scrapbooking Day (first Saturday in May)
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky

May 7

  • Beaufort Scale Day, honoring Sir Francis Beauford who created the Beaufort Scale, a scale that measures wind speeds
  • National Cosmopolitan Day, celebrating the cocktail
  • National Infertility Survival Day

May 8

  • Have a Coke Day
  • No Socks Day
  • V-E Day, Victory in Europe Day, commemorating the surrender of German troops to Allied forces in 1945
  • World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, recognizing the birthday of Red Cross founder Jean-Henri Dunant

May 9

  • National Moscato Day, honoring the wine that is made with Muscat grapes

May 10

  • Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day
  • Flower Full Moon
  • National Bike to School Day
  • National Nightshift Workers Day
  • National Receptionists Day
  • National School Nurse Day
  • National Third Shift Workers Day
  • World Lupus Day

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May 11

  • Eat What You Want Day

May 12

  • Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks a Voice, a day to celebrate sharks
  • Limerick Day
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • National Nutty Fudge Day

May 13

  • Children of Fallen Patriots Day
  • International Migratory Bird Day
  • Jamestown Day, celebrating the founding of America's first permanent English colony, Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607
  • National Apple Pie Day
  • National Babysitters Day
  • National Fruit Cocktail Day
  • National Hummus Day
  • Stay Up All Night Night
  • World Fair Trade Day

May 14

  • Mother's Day
  • National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • "The Stars and Stripes Forever" Day
  • Underground Day

May 15

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

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May 16

  • Biographers Day
  • Mimosa Day, celebrating the champagne drink

May 17

  • National Walnut Day
  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 18

  • International Museum Day
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Endangered Species Day
  • International Virtual Assistants Day
  • National Bike to Work Day
  • National Defense Transportation Day
  • National Pizza Party Day (3rd Friday in May)
  • National Scooter Day

May 20

  • Armed Forces Day
  • Eliza Doolittle Day, a day honoring the fictional character's commitment to speaking her native language properly
  • National Learn to Swim Day
  • Weights and Measures Day
  • 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland

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May 21

  • "I Need a Patch for That" Day, a day recognizing the availability of patches that help with ailments
  • National Waitstaff Day
  • Neighbor Day
  • Rural Life Sunday, also known as Soil Stewardship Sunday, focusing on protecting the soil and environment
  • 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
  • Victoria Day in Canada
  • World Goth Day

May 23

  • International World Turtle Day
  • National Taffy Day

May 24

  • Brother's Day
  • International Tiara Day

May 25

  • African Freedom Day
  • Ascension Day
  • National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day
  • National Missing Children's Day
  • National Tap Dance Day
  • National Wine Day
  • Towel Day

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May 26

  • World Lindy Hop Day

May 27

  • National Grape Popsicle Day
  • Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting (May 27 - June 25; begins the evening of May 26)

May 28

  • National Hamburger Day

May 29

  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • Memorial Day
  • Prayer for Peace Memorial Day, a day to promote prayer for permanent peace

May 30

  • National Mint Julep Day

May 31

  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No-Tobacco Day

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