May 2019 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 2019 Monthly Observances

  • American Wetlands Month
  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • Clean Air Month
  • Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness 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
  • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention 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 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
  • Strike Out Stroke Month
  • Ultraviolet Awareness Month
  • Women's Health Month
  • Young Achievers/Leaders of Tomorrow Month

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May 2019 Weekly Observances

  • Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7)
  • Be Kind to Animals Week (May 5-11)
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5-11)
  • National Pet Week (May 5-11)
  • National Travel and Tourism Week (May 5-11)
  • Root Canal Awareness Week (May 5-11)
  • Update Your References Week (May 5-11)
  • National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10)
  • National Police Week (May 12-18)
  • National Skilled Nursing Care Week (May 12-18)
  • National Transportation Week (May 12-18)
  • Salute to 35+ Moms Week (May 12-18)
  • Work at Home Moms Week (May 12-18)
  • Bike to Work Week (May 13-19)
  • National Etiquette Week (May 13-17)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 13-19)
  • National Safe Boating Week (May 18-24)
  • International New Friends, Old Friends Week (May 19-25)
  • National Unicycle Week (May 19-25)
  • National Backyard Games Week (May 20-27)
  • Fleet Week New York 2019 in New York City (May 22-28)
  • Week of Solidarity With the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories (May 25-31)

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May 2019 Daily Observances

May 1

  • Law Day
  • Lei Day in Hawaii
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • National Chocolate Parfait Day
  • New Home Owner's Day
  • School Principals' Day

May 2

  • National Day of Prayer
  • National Day of Reason
  • 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 Space 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

  • Free Comic Book Day
  • International Respect for Chickens Day
  • National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • National Fitness Day
  • National Orange Juice Day
  • Star Wars Day
  • 145th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky

May 5

  • Cartoonists Day
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • National Astronaut Day
  • National Hoagie Day

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May 6

  • International No Diet Day
  • Melanoma Monday, a day to encourage people to examine their skin (also called National Skin Self-Examination Day)
  • National Beverage Day
  • National Nurses Day

May 7

  • Beaufort Scale Day, honoring Sir Francis Beauford who created the Beaufort Scale, a scale that measures wind speeds
  • National Teacher Day
  • World Asthma Day

May 8

  • Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day
  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • National Have a Coke Day

May 9

  • National Butterscotch Brownie Day

May 10

  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • National Shrimp Day

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May 11

  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Mother Ocean Day
  • National Babysitters Day
  • National Train Day
  • Spring Astronomy Day
  • World Belly Dance Day
  • World Fair Trade Day
  • World Migratory Bird Day

May 12

  • Limerick Day
  • Mother's Day
  • National Nutty Fudge Day

May 13

  • Children of Fallen Patriots Day
  • International Hummus Day
  • National Apple Pie Day
  • National Fruit Cocktail 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

  • 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
  • National Piercing Day

May 17

  • Bike to Work Day
  • Endangered Species Day
  • International Virtual Assistants Day
  • National Cherry Cobbler Day
  • National Defense Transportation Day
  • National Pizza Party Day
  • National Walnut Day
  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 18

  • Armed Forces Day
  • Full Flower Moon, also is a seasonal Blue Moon
  • I Love Reese's Day
  • International Museum Day
  • National Learn to Swim Day
  • Visit Your Relatives Day
  • 144th running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland

May 19

  • Hepatitis Testing Day
  • National Devil's Food Cake Day
  • Ride a Unicycle Day

May 20

  • Eliza Doolittle Day, honoring the literary character's commitment to speaking her native language properly
  • Supply Chain Professionals Day
  • Victoria Day in Canada
  • 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
  • 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

  • International World Turtle Day
  • National Taffy Day

May 24

  • Brother's Day
  • International Tiara Day
  • National Sunscreen Day

May 25

  • 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

  • Memorial Day
  • National Grape Popsicle Day

May 28

  • National Hamburger Day

May 29

  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day
  • World Otter Day

May 30

  • Ascension Day
  • National Mint Julep Day

May 31

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

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