May 2018 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 2018 Monthly Observances

  • American Wetlands Month
  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Asthma Awareness Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech 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
  • Homeschooling Awareness 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 Hepatitis Awareness 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 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
  • Young Achievers/Leaders of Tomorrow Month

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May 2018 Weekly Observances

  • Children's Book Week (April 30 - May 6)
  • Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7)
  • Be Kind to Animals Week (May 6-12)
  • Goodwill Industries Week (May 6-12)
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12)
  • National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
  • National Pet Week (May 6-12)
  • National Travel and Tourism Week (May 6-12)
  • Root Canal Awareness Week (May 6-12)
  • National Wildflower Week (May 7-13)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11)
  • National Police Week (May 13-19)
  • National Transportation Week (May 13-19)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 14-20)
  • National Foul Ball Week (May 16-21)
  • National Safe Boating Week (May 19-25)
  • International New Friends, Old Friends Week (May 20-26)
  • National Unicycle Week (May 20-26)
  • National Backyard Games Week (May 21-28)
  • Fleet Week New York 2018 (May 23-28)
  • International Week of Solidarity With the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories (May 25-31)

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May 2018 Daily Observances

May 1

  • Executive Coaching Day
  • Lei Day in Hawaii
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • National Chocolate Parfait Day
  • New Home Owner's Day
  • School Principals' Day
  • World Asthma Day

May 2

  • National Chocolate Truffle Day
  • Robert's Rules Day, honoring the author of the popular parliamentary guide Robert's Rules of Order
  • World Tuna Day

May 3

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

May 4

  • International Respect for Chickens Day
  • International Tuba Day
  • National Orange Juice Day
  • Star Wars Day

May 5

  • Cartoonists Day
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Free Comic Book Day
  • International Day of the Midwife
  • National Auctioneers Day
  • National Astronaut Day
  • National Enchilada Day
  • National Hoagie Day
  • National Scrapbooking Day (first Saturday in May)
  • 144th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky

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May 6

  • International No Diet Day
  • National Beverage Day
  • National Nurses Day
  • World Laughter Day

May 7

  • Beaufort Scale Day, honoring Sir Francis Beauford who created the Beaufort Scale, a scale that measures wind speeds
  • Melanoma Monday, a day to encourage people to examine their skin (also called National Skin Self-Examination Day)

May 8

  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • National Have a Coke Day
  • National Teacher Day
  • No Socks Day
  • Victory in Europe Day
  • World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, recognizing the birthday of Red Cross founder Jean-Henri Dunant

May 9

  • Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day
  • National Bike to School Day
  • National Receptionists Day
  • National School Nurse Day
  • National Third Shift Workers Day, also known as National Night Shift Workers Day

May 10

  • Ascension Day
  • National Shrimp Day
  • World Lupus Day

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May 11

  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks a Voice, a day to celebrate sharks
  • Hostess Cupcake Day
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day

May 12

  • Jamestown Day, celebrating the founding of America's first permanent English colony, Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607
  • Limerick Day
  • National Archery Day
  • National Babysitters Day
  • National Miniature Golf Day
  • National Nutty Fudge Day
  • Stay Up All Night Night
  • World Fair Trade Day
  • World Migratory Bird Day

May 13

  • Children of Fallen Patriots Day
  • Mother's Day
  • National Apple Pie Day
  • National Fruit Cocktail Day
  • National Hummus Day

May 14

  • National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • "The Stars and Stripes Forever" Day
  • Underground America 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
  • Love a Tree Day

May 17

  • National Cherry Cobbler Day
  • National Walnut Day
  • World Information Society Day

May 18

  • Endangered Species Day
  • International Museum Day
  • International Virtual Assistants Day
  • National Bike to Work Day
  • National Cheese Soufflé Day
  • National Defense Transportation Day
  • National Pizza Party Day
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Armed Forces Day
  • National Devil's Food Cake Day
  • National Hepatitis Testing Day
  • 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland

May 20

  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Eliza Doolittle Day, honoring the literary character's commitment to speaking her native language properly
  • National Pick Strawberries Day
  • Ride a Unicycle Day
  • Weights and Measures Day

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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 Strawberries and Cream Day
  • National Waitstaff Day
  • Victoria Day in Canada
  • 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

  • National Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother's Day
  • International Tiara Day
  • Scavenger Hunt 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

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May 26

  • World Lindy Hop Day

May 27

  • National Grape Popsicle Day
  • Trinity Sunday

May 28

  • Memorial Day
  • National Hamburger Day

May 29

  • Flower Full Moon
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • National Paperclip Day

May 30

  • National Mint Julep Day
  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day

May 31

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

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