May 2020 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 2020 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
  • 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 2020 Weekly Observances

  • Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7)
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 3-9)
  • National Pet Week (May 3-9)
  • National Small Business Week (May 3-9)
  • National Travel and Tourism Week (May 3-9)
  • Be Kind to Animals Week (May 4-9)
  • Root Canal Awareness Week (May 4-11)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8)
  • National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
  • National Police Week (May 10-16)
  • National Skilled Nursing Care Week (May 10-16)
  • Salute to 35+ Moms Week (May 10-16)
  • National Bike to Work Week (May 11-17)
  • National Etiquette Week (May 11-15)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 11-17)
  • Work at Home Moms Week (May 11-17)
  • National Safe Boating Week (May 16-22)
  • International New Friends, Old Friends Week (May 17-23)
  • National Unicycle Week (May 17-23)
  • Fleet Week New York 2020 in New York City (May 20-26)
  • National African Violet Week (May 24-30)
  • National Backyard Games Week (May 25 - June 1)
  • Week of Solidarity With the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories (May 25-31)

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May 2020 Daily Observances

May 1

  • College Decision Day
  • Keep Kids Alive – Drive 25 Day, encouraging people to follow residential speed limits
  • Labour Day in United Kingdom
  • 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 Space Day
  • New Home Owner's Day
  • School Principals' Day

May 2

  • Free Comic Book Day
  • Learn to Ride a Bike Day
  • National Auctioneers Day
  • 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
  • Spring Astronomy Day
  • World Tuna Day
  • 146th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky

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 Textiles Day
  • National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • World Laughter Day
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • International Respect for Chickens Day
  • Melanoma Monday, a day to encourage people to examine their skin (also called National Skin Self-Examination Day)
  • National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • National Orange Juice Day
  • Star Wars Day

May 5

  • 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
  • National Teacher Day
  • World Asthma Day

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May 6

  • International Management Accounting Day
  • International No Diet Day
  • National Beverage Day
  • 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
  • Full Flower Moon
  • National Day of Prayer
  • National Day of Reason

May 8

  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • National Have a Coke Day
  • No Socks Day
  • V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day)
  • World Red Cross Red Crescent Day

May 9

  • Mother Ocean Day
  • National Babysitters Day
  • National Butterscotch Brownie Day
  • National Train Day
  • Stay Up All Night Night
  • World Belly Dance Day
  • World Fair Trade Day
  • World Migratory Bird Day

May 10

  • Mother's Day
  • National Shrimp Day
  • World Lupus Day

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May 11

  • Eat What You Want Day

May 12

  • Limerick Day
  • National Nutty Fudge Day

May 13

  • Children of Fallen Patriots Day
  • Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day
  • National Apple Pie Day
  • National Fruit Cocktail Day
  • National Hummus Day
  • National Nightshift Workers Day
  • National Receptionists 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

  • Endangered Species Day
  • International Day of Families
  • International Virtual Assistants Day
  • National Bike to Work Day
  • National Chocolate Chip Day
  • National Defense Transportation Day
  • National Pizza Party Day
  • National Slider Day, a day to honor the petite burgers
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day

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May 16

  • Armed Forces Day
  • Biographers Day
  • International Day of Light
  • International Learn to Swim Day
  • National Piercing Day
  • 145th running of the Preakness Stakes (horse racing) in Baltimore, Maryland

May 17

  • National Cherry Cobbler Day
  • National Walnut Day
  • Ride a Unicycle Day
  • Rural Life Sunday
  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 18

  • I Love Reese's Day
  • International Museum Day
  • Supply Chain Professionals Day
  • Victoria Day in Canada
  • 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
  • Weights and Measures Day

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May 21

  • Ascension Day, commemorates Christ's ascension into heaven
  • "I Need a Patch for That" Day, a day recognizing the availability of patches that help with ailments
  • National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables 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
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother's Day
  • Indianapolis 500-Mile Race in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • International Tiara Day

May 25

  • African Freedom Day
  • Memorial 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

  • National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • National Cherry Dessert Day
  • World Lindy Hop Day

May 27

  • National Grape Popsicle Day
  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day
  • National Sunscreen Day
  • World Otter Day

May 28

  • National Hamburger Day

May 29

  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

May 30

  • National Mint Julep Day

May 31

  • National Macaroon Day
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • Whitsunday, celebration of the Pentecost
  • World No-Tobacco Day

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