10 Special Holidays and Events in May

By Kara Murphy April 30, 2019

The grass is green, the flowers blooming, and spring is fully in bloom! There are so many to honor this month, from teachers and mothers to those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Here are 10 special family-friendly holidays and events you and your kids will want to mark in May:

National Foster Care Month ~ May 1-31

May marks the month when we recognize families making a meaningful difference in the lives of the more than 440,000 children in foster care throughout the United States. Find out more about the important work of fostering children.

National Bike Month ~ May 1-31

Did you know that 40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles? That means we should all get on our bicycles more! Commit with your kids to ride your bikes as much as possible throughout May. Get your outgrown or damaged bikes into the hands of children in need at the Recycle Your Bicycle event on May 5.

Free Comic Book Day ~ May 4

It's a happy coincidence that this year's free comic book day also falls on Star Wars Day, when fans celebrate the movie series with the phrase "May the fourth be with you." Find a participating shop.

Cinco de Mayo ~ May 5

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday meant to mark the day the Mexican Army beat the French Army in the 1800s. In the United States, however, the day has turned into a giant celebration of Mexican-American culture, music, and cuisine. Find a local celebration plus great recipes and crafts in this week's article, Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

National Provider Appreciation Day ~ May 10

Just like teachers, child care providers have an enormous impact on our children's lives. It takes a village, after all.

Memorial Day ~ May 27

Today we remember those who died serving in the U.S. military. "We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them." –Francis A. Walker