Special Days and Observances in May

May Calendar
May Calendar. Image credit: dinky123uk / 123RF Stock Photo

The month of May has some really fun and interesting days to celebrate. The days listed here are those that should be of special interest to gifted children and their families. The month has also been set aside to focus on some special interests. You can find information and activities for the month as well as the special days in it. (See holidays and observances for each month.)

Month-Long Observances

  • Creative Beginnings Month

Week-Long Observances

  • National Family Reading Week - May 1 - 7 (first week)
  • Children's Mental Health Week  -  May 1 - 7 (first full week)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week - May 2 - 6 (first full week, M-F)
  • Children's Book Week - May 2 - 8
  • Screen Free Week - May 2 - May 8
  • Wildflower Week - May 2 - 8
  • Astronomy Week - May 9 - 15
  • Reading is Fun Week - May 8 - 14 (second full week)
  • National Backyard Games Week - May 23 - 30 (week before Memorial Day)

Special Days and Holidays

First Four Days

  • May   1 May Day
  • May   1 Mother Goose Day
  • May   1 Law Day
  • May   1 Make a Book Day
  • May   1  World Laughter Day (first Sunday)
  • May   2  Sibling Appreciation Day
  • May   2  Teacher Appreciation Day (Tuesday of first full week)
  • May   3  Sun Day
  • May   3  Kite Day
  • May   4  Intergalactic Star Wars Day
  • May   4 National Weather Observers Day

Next Eight Days

  • May   5  Museum Lovers Day
  • May   5  Cartoonist Day
  • May   5  National Day of Reason (first Thursday)
  • May   6  No Homework Day
  • May   6  International Space Day (first Friday)
  • May   6  Tuba Day (first Friday)
  • May   7  Space Day (first Saturday)
  • May   8  Mother's Day
  • May   8  V E Day
  • May   9  National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
  • May   9  Peter Pan Day
  • May 10  Windmill Day
  • May 11  Eat What You Want Day
  • May 12  Limrick Day
  • May 12  International Migratory Bird Day

Next Six Days

  • May 13  Frog Jumping Day
  • May 13  Tulip Day
  • May 13  Blame Someone Else Day (first Friday 13th of the year)
  • May 14  Star Wars Day
  • May 14  Stars and Stripes Forever Day
  • May 15  International Day of Families
  • May 15  Over the Rainbow Day
  • May 16  Biographer's Day
  • May 17  World Telecommunications Day
  • May 18  International Museum Day

Last Week

  • May 20  Endangered Species Day (third Friday)
  • May 21  Armed Forces Day (third Saturday)
  • May 22  National Maritime Day
  • May 23  World Turtle Day
  • May 24  Scavenger Hunt Day
  • May 25  Nerd or Geek Pride Day
  • May 30  Memorial Day (last Monday)

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