May 2022 Observances for Your
Senior Activity Calendar

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

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May 2022 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
  • Credit Education 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 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 2022 Weekly Observances

  • Be Kind to Animals Week (May 1-7)
  • National Pet Week (May 1-7)
  • National Small Business Week (May 1-7)
  • National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6)
  • National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
  • National Skilled Nursing Care Week (May 8-14)
  • Salute to 40! Moms Week (May 8-14)
  • Work at Home Moms Week (May 8-14)
  • National Etiquette Week (May 9-13)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 9-15)
  • International New Friends, Old Friends Week (May 15-21)
  • National Police Week (May 15-21)
  • National Transportation Week (May 15-21)
  • National Unicycle Week (May 15-21)
  • National Safe Boating Week (May 21-27)
  • National Safe Boating Week (May 21-27)
  • National Backyard Games Week (May 23-29)
  • Week of Solidarity With the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories (May 25-31)
  • Fleet Week New York 2022 (May 26-31)
  • National African Violet Week (May 29 - June 5)

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May 2022 Daily Observances

May 1

  • Keep Kids Alive – Drive 25 Day, encouraging people to follow residential speed limits
  • 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
  • New Home Owner's Day
  • School Principals' Day
  • World Laughter Day
  • World Lyme Day

May 2

  • Labour Day in United Kingdom (observed)
  • Melanoma Monday, a day to encourage people to examine their skin (also called National Skin Self-Examination 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 Tuna Day

May 3

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

May 4

  • International Respect for Chickens Day
  • National Bike to School Day
  • National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • National Orange Juice Day
  • Star Wars Day

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 Prayer
  • National Day of Reason
  • National Hoagie Day
  • World Portuguese Language Day

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May 6

  • International Management Accounting Day
  • International No Diet Day
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • National Beverage Day
  • National Space Day
  • No Homework Day

May 7

  • Beaufort Scale Day, honoring Sir Francis Beauford who created the Beaufort Scale, a scale that measures wind speeds
  • Free Comic Book Day
  • Learn to Ride a Bike Day
  • Mother Ocean Day
  • National Auctioneers Day
  • National Babysitters Day
  • National Fitness Day
  • Spring Astronomy Day
  • 148th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky

May 8

  • Mother's Day
  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • National Have a Coke Day
  • National Student Nurses Day
  • No Socks Day
  • V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day)
  • World Red Cross Red Crescent Day

May 9

  • National Butterscotch Brownie Day

May 10

  • National Shrimp Day
  • World Lupus Day

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May 11

  • Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • National Nightshift Workers Day
  • National Receptionists Day
  • National School Nurse Day
  • National Third Shift Workers Day

May 12

  • International Nurses Day
  • Limerick Day
  • National Nutty Fudge Day

May 13

  • Blame Someone Else Day
  • Children of Fallen Patriots Day
  • Friday the Thirteenth
  • International Hummus Day
  • National Apple Pie Day
  • National Fruit Cocktail Day

May 14

  • National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • Stay Up All Night Night
  • "The Stars and Stripes Forever" Day
  • Underground America Day, honoring those who live in houses that are in or underground
  • World Belly Dance Day
  • World Fair Trade Day
  • World Migratory Bird 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
  • Ride a Unicycle Day

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May 16

  • Biographers Day
  • Full Flower Moon
  • International Day of Light
  • International Day of Living Together in Peace
  • Lunar Eclipse
  • National Piercing Day

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

  • Bike to Work Day
  • Eliza Doolittle Day, honoring the literary character's commitment to speaking her native language properly
  • Endangered Species Day
  • International Virtual Assistants Day
  • National Defense Transportation Day
  • National Pizza Party Day
  • National Rescue Dog Day
  • Weights and Measures Day
  • World Bee Day

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May 21

  • Armed Forces Day
  • "I Need a Patch for That" Day, a day recognizing the availability of patches that help with ailments
  • International Learn to Swim Day
  • International Tea Day
  • National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day
  • National Strawberries and Cream Day
  • National Waitstaff Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • 147th running of the Preakness Stakes (horse racing) in Baltimore, Maryland

May 22

  • Canadian Immigrants' Day
  • International Day for Biological Diversity
  • National Maritime Day
  • National Vanilla Pudding Day
  • Rural Life Sunday, focusing on the importance of the earth and the environment in Christian denominations
  • World Goth Day

May 23

  • National Best Friend-in-Law Day, honoring the best friends of spouses
  • National Taffy Day
  • Victoria Day in Canada
  • 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 Senior Health and Fitness Day
  • National Tap Dance Day
  • National Wine Day
  • Towel Day
  • World Otter Day

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May 26

  • Ascension Day, commemorating Christ's ascension into heaven
  • National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • National Cherry Dessert Day
  • World Lindy Hop Day

May 27

  • 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
  • 106th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race in Indianapolis, Indiana

May 30

  • Memorial Day
  • 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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