May 2021 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 2021 Monthly Observances

  • American Wetlands Month
  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Asthma Awareness Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech 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
  • 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 Asthma and Allergy 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 Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
  • National Military Appreciation Month
  • National Osteoporosis Month
  • National Photography Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports 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
  • 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

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May 2021 Weekly Observances

  • Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7)
  • National Pet Week (May 2-8)
  • National Small Business Week (May 2-8)
  • National Travel and Tourism Week (May 2-8)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7)
  • National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
  • Root Canal Awareness Week (May 4-11)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8)
  • National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 9-15)
  • National Police Week (May 9-15)
  • National Skilled Nursing Care Week (May 9-15)
  • Salute to 35+ Moms Week (May 9-15)
  • Work at Home Moms Week (May 9-15)
  • National Etiquette Week (May 10-14)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 10-16)
  • International New Friends, Old Friends Week (May 16-22)
  • National Transportation Week (May 16-22)
  • National Unicycle Week (May 16-22)
  • National Safe Boating Week (May 22-28)
  • National Backyard Games Week (May 23-29)
  • Week of Solidarity With the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories (May 25-31)

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May 2021 Daily Observances

May 1

  • Free Comic Book Day
  • Keep Kids Alive – Drive 25 Day, encouraging people to follow residential speed limits
  • Labour Day in United Kingdom
  • Law Day
  • Learn to Ride a Bike 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 Auctioneers Day
  • National Chocolate Parfait Day
  • National College Decision Day, the day high school students must make final college decisions
  • National Fancy Hat Lunch Day
  • New Home Owner's Day
  • School Principals' Day
  • World Lyme Day
  • 147th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky

May 2

  • National Fitness Day
  • 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 Laughter Day
  • World Tuna Day

May 3

  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • Melanoma Monday, a day to encourage people to examine their skin (also called National Skin Self-Examination Day)
  • National Raspberry Popover Day
  • National Specially-abled Pets Day, a day to recognize owners of disabled pets
  • National Textiles Day
  • National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • International Respect for Chickens Day
  • National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • National Orange Juice Day
  • National Teacher Day
  • Star Wars Day
  • World Asthma Day

May 5

  • African World Heritage Day
  • Bike to School 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 Hoagie Day
  • World Portuguese Language Day

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May 6

  • International No Diet Day
  • National Beverage Day
  • National Day of Reason
  • National School Nurse Day
  • No Homework Day

May 7

  • Beaufort Scale Day, honoring Sir Francis Beauford who created the Beaufort Scale, a scale that measures wind speeds
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • National Space Day

May 8

  • Mother Ocean Day
  • National Babysitters Day
  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • National Have a Coke Day
  • National Student Nurses Day
  • National Train Day
  • No Socks Day
  • Stay Up All Night Night
  • V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day)
  • World Belly Dance Day
  • World Fair Trade Day
  • World Migratory Bird Day
  • World Red Cross Red Crescent Day

May 9

  • Mother's Day
  • National Butterscotch Brownie Day

May 10

  • National Shrimp Day
  • World Lupus Day

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May 11

  • Eat What You Want Day

May 12

  • Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day
  • International Nurses Day
  • Limerick Day
  • National Nightshift Workers Day
  • National Nutty Fudge Day
  • National Receptionists Day

May 13

  • Ascension Day, commemorating Christ's ascension into heaven
  • Children of Fallen Patriots 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, honoring those who live in houses that are in or underground

May 15

  • Armed Forces Day
  • International Learn to Swim Day
  • National Chocolate Chip Day
  • National Slider Day, a day to honor the petite burgers
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • Spring Astronomy Day
  • 146th running of the Preakness Stakes (horse racing) in Baltimore, Maryland

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May 16

  • Biographers Day
  • International Day of Light
  • International Day of Living Together in Peace
  • National Piercing Day
  • Ride a Unicycle Day
  • Rural Life Sunday, focusing on the importance of the earth and the environment in Christian denominations

May 17

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

May 18

  • I Love Reese's Day
  • International Museum Day
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Hepatitis Testing Day
  • National Devil's Food Cake Day

May 20

  • Eliza Doolittle Day, honoring the literary character's commitment to speaking her native language properly
  • National Rescue Dog Day
  • Weights and Measures Day
  • World Bee Day

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May 21

  • Bike to Work Day
  • Endangered Species Day
  • "I Need a Patch for That" Day, a day recognizing the availability of patches that help with ailments
  • International Virtual Assistants Day
  • National Defense Transportation Day
  • National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day
  • National Pizza Party 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
  • World Goth Day

May 23

  • National Best Friend-in-Law Day, honoring the best friends of spouses
  • National Taffy Day
  • Whitsunday, Christian celebration of Pentecost
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother's Day
  • International Tiara Day
  • Victoria Day in Canada
  • Whitmonday, the day after Whitsunday

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

  • Full Flower Moon
  • Lunar Eclipse
  • National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • National Cherry Dessert Day
  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day
  • World Lindy Hop Day
  • World Otter Day

May 27

  • National Grape Popsicle Day

May 28

  • National Hamburger Day
  • National Sunscreen Day

May 29

  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

May 30

  • National Mint Julep Day
  • 105th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race in Indianapolis, Indiana

May 31

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

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