See May 2022's Full List of Holidays and Observances

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April showers bring May flowers — as well as a whole bunch of reasons to celebrate. In addition to Memorial Day, Mother's Day, and Cinco de Mayo, May holidays and observances include the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, National Barbecue Day, and dozens of other events, many of which you probably didn't know existed. From fandom holidays (like International Harry Potter Day), to food traditions (National Nutty Fudge Day), to totally random celebrations (National Dance Like a Chicken Day), there's truly a holiday for everyone throughout the 31 days of May, and you can consider this your official guide to them all.

May also happens to be Jewish American Heritage Month, as well as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which means there are even more reasons to celebrate (though really, Jewish American and AAPI communities should be celebrated every day of the year, not just throughout the month of May). If you're looking to start planning your month — as well as your Mother's Day and Memorial Day activities — then here are all the holidays and events taking place in May 2022. Here's hoping the month brings you warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and a lot of reasons to fire up the grill.

Photo credit: fstop123 - Getty Images
Photo credit: fstop123 - Getty Images

Sunday, May 1

  • May Day

  • National Loyalty Day

  • Law Day

  • Lei Day

  • National Lemonade Day

  • School Principals' Day

  • Global Love Day

  • World Laughter Day

  • World Lyme Day

  • National College Decision Day

  • Silver Star Service Banner Day

  • National Mother Goose Day

  • National Chocolate Parfait Day

Monday, May 2

  • Eid al-Fitr

  • International Harry Potter Day

  • World Tuna Day

  • National Brothers and Sisters Day

  • Melanoma Monday

Tuesday, May 3

  • National Teacher Day

  • World Press Freedom Day

  • National Paranormal Day

  • World Asthma Day

Wednesday, May 4

  • Star Wars Day

  • Kent State Shootings Remembrance

  • Haymarket Riot Remembrance

  • Yom Ha'atzmaut

Thursday, May 5

  • Cindo de Mayo

  • National Day of Prayer

  • World Password Day

  • African World Heritage Day

  • International Day of the Midwife

  • World Portuguese Language Day

  • National Astronaut Day

  • National Hoagie Day

Friday, May 6

  • National Nurses Day

  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day

  • National Space Day

  • International No Diet Day

  • National Tourist Appreciation Day

  • National Provider Day

  • National No Pants Day

  • National Beverage Day

Saturday, May 7

  • National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day

  • Join Hands Day

  • Free Comic Book Day

  • Kentucky Derby

  • International Astronomy Day

  • National Bombshells’ Day

  • National Tourism Day

  • National Fitness Day

  • National Scrapbook Day

  • World Fair Trade Day

  • National Birth Mother’s Day

  • Beer Pong Day

Sunday, May 8

  • Mother's Day

  • Victory in Europe Day

  • Truman Day

  • World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

  • National Have a Coke Day

  • National Student Nurse Day

  • International Thalassaemia Day

  • Buddha Day

  • Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War

  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day

Monday, May 9

  • National Lost Sock Memorial Day

  • National Moscato Day

  • National Women’s Checkup Day

Tuesday, May 10

  • World Lupus Day

  • National Clean Your Room Day

  • National Shrimp Day

  • National Lipid Day

Wednesday, May 11

  • National Receptionists Day

  • National Eat What You Want Day

  • National Third Shift Workers Day

  • National Technology Day

  • National Twilight Zone Day

  • National Foam Rolling Day

Thursday, May 12

  • National Limerick Day

  • International Nurses Day

  • National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

  • National Nutty Fudge Day

  • National Odometer Day

Friday, May 13

  • National Apple Pie Day

  • National Crouton Day

  • National Frog Jumping Day

  • National Fruit Cocktail Day

  • International Hummus Day

Saturday, May 14

  • Fair Trade Day

  • Pesach Sheni

  • World Migratory Bird Day

  • National Dance Like a Chicken Day

  • National Decency Day

  • National Underground America Day

  • National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

Sunday, May 15

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day

  • International Day of Families

  • National Chocolate Chip Day

  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day

  • National Nylon Stocking Day

Monday, May 16

  • International Day of Light

  • National Day of Living Together in Peace

  • National Love a Tree Day

  • Vesak Day

  • National Sea Monkey Day

  • National Piercing Day

  • National Mimosa Day

  • Drawing Day

  • National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day

  • National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day

  • National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day

  • National Biographer's Day

  • Buddha Purnima

  • National Barbecue Day

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Photo credit: FOTOGRAFIA INC. - Getty Images

Tuesday, May 17

  • World Hypertension Day

  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day History

  • World Baking Day

  • Pack Rat Day

  • National Walnut Day

  • National Graduation Tassel Day

  • National Cherry Cobbler Day

Wednesday, May 18

  • International Museum Day

  • Lag BaOmer

  • National No Dirty Dishes Day

  • National Cheese Soufflé Day

  • National Juice Slush Day

  • National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

  • National Visit Your Relatives Day

Thursday, May 19

  • National Barber Mental Health Awareness Day

  • National Devil's Food Cake Day

  • National May Ray Day

Friday, May 20

  • Malcolm X Day

  • National Rescue Dog Day

  • National Endangered Species Day

  • National Be a Millionaire Day

  • World Bee Day

  • National Defense Transportation Day

  • Bike to Work Day

  • National Pizza Party Day

  • National Quiche Lorraine Day

  • National Pick Strawberries Day

  • NASCAR Day

Saturday, May 21

  • International Tea Day

  • National Armed Forces Day

  • Preakness Stakes

  • World Day for Cultural Diversity

  • National Waitstaff Day

  • National Talk Like Yoda Day

  • National Learn to Swim Day

  • National Memo Day

  • National American Red Cross Founder’s Day

  • National Strawberries and Cream Day

  • World Whisky Day

Sunday, May 22

  • Harvey Milk Day

  • International Day for Biological Diversity

  • National Maritime Day

  • World Goth Day

  • National Craft Distillery Day

  • World Paloma Day

  • National Vanilla Pudding Day

  • National Solitaire Day

  • National Buy A Musical Instrument Day

Monday, May 23

  • World Turtle Day

  • International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

  • National Lucky Penny Day

  • National Taffy Day

  • Victoria Day

Tuesday, May 24

  • National Brother's Day

  • National Scavenger Hunt Day

  • World Schizophrenia Day

  • National Asparagus Day

  • National Escargot Day

  • National Yucatan Shrimp Day

  • Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

Wednesday, May 25

  • National Wine Day

  • National Missing Children's Day

  • Towel Day

  • Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

  • National Sing Out Day

  • National Tap Dance Day

  • May Revolution Day

  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day

  • National Brown-Bag It Day

Thursday, May 26

  • Ascension Day

  • National Paper Airplane Day

  • National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

  • National Sorry Day

  • World Lindy Hop Day

Friday, May 27

  • National Sunscreen Day

  • National Heat Awareness Day

  • National Road Trip Day

  • National Cellophane Tape Day

  • National Hairstylist Mental Health Awareness Day

  • National Don’t Fry Day

  • National Grape Popsicle Day

Saturday, May 28

  • National Burger Day

  • National Brisket Day

  • World Blood Cancer Day

Sunday, May 29

  • Learn About Composting Day

  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

  • National Biscuit Day

  • Indianapolis 500

  • National Coq Au Vin Day

  • National Paperclip Day

  • Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day

Monday, May 30

  • Memorial Day

  • National Creativity Day

  • World Multiple Sclerosis Day

  • World Otter Day

  • National Mint Julep Day

  • National Water a Flower Day

  • National Hole in My Bucket Day

  • Loomis Day

Tuesday, May 31

  • World No Tobacco Day

  • National Smile Day

  • Autonomous Vehicle Day

  • National Macaroon Day

  • National Save Your Hearing Day

  • Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day

  • National Speak in Complete Sentences Day

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