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Special days to celebrate in May

April Showers Bring May Flowers
April Showers Bring May Flowers
Sandy Wallace

The month of May offers many special days for families to celebrate and remember. From May Day, celebrated on the first day of May, to Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May and Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, enjoy the last month of school and the kick-off of summer with your family.

At Apples4TheTeacher.com, you will find many daily, weekly and monthly holidays and observances. The website also offers lesson planning resources for teachers and homeschooling parents.

April showers bring May flowers, just in time for Mother's Day. In many parts of the country, Mother's Day is a safe time to plant summer flowers to avoid late-season frost.

May is a busy month for parents as end of school year activities and spring sports keep families on the run while warm temperatures mean families spend more time outdoors.

May is the month for moms, graduates, Mexican food, paying honor to our veterans, peace officers and members of the Armed Forces.

During May, we celebrate National Pet Week, National Nurses Week, Work at Home Moms Week and PTA Teacher Appreciation Week during the first full week of the month.

National Family Month is celebrated from Mother's Day to Father's Day each year. This year's observance is from May 11 to June 15.

Special foods celebrations during May focus on barbecue, eggs, hamburger, salad, salsa, carrots, cauliflower, chocolate chips and devil's food cake.

Add these special days, family festivities, celebrations and observances to your May calendar and enjoy the busy month of May.

April Showers Bring May Flowers
April Showers Bring May Flowers Sandy Wallace

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April's cool nights, warm days and showers will bring plenty of pretty flowers in May. Flowers are the perfect gift for moms, graduates, child care providers, teachers and nurses. We celebrate Mother's Day on May 11, Stepmother's Day on May 18, School Nurse Day on May 7, Child Care Provider Day on May 9, and Teacher Appreciation Day and Nurses Day on May 6.

Strawberry Picking
Strawberry Picking Sandy Wallace

Strawberry Picking

Many communities celebrate the month of May with strawberry festivals. May is a great month to start a new family tradition or continue a family favorite by picking strawberries at a local strawberry farm. Enjoy strawberry shortcake, strawberry jam and other strawberry goodies.

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo Sandy Wallace

Cinco de Mayo

On May 5, many families celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Originally observed as a victory in Mexico's fight for independence from French forces, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated as a festival of Mexican pride and heritage in the United States. Visit your favorite Mexican restaurant or fix your favorite food at home on Cinco de Mayo.

Graduation Time
Graduation Time Sandy Wallace

Graduation Time

Graduation season begins in May. Most college commencement ceremonies are held during the month of May. High school graduations follow in late May and early June. Some preschools and kindergartens hold graduation ceremonies as the little ones prepare for the next step in their lives.

Celebrate Mom
Celebrate Mom Sandy Wallace

Celebrate Mom

Whether your mom is 30, 50 or 80, Mother's Day is a reason to celebrate your mom. Flowers, candy and time spent together are some favorite Mother's Day gifts. Some families spend time together planting a garden for mom or grandma on Mother's Day.

Honoring the Armed Forces
Honoring the Armed Forces Sandy Wallace

Honoring the Armed Forces

Armed Forces Day is observed on May 17, honoring all current and former members of the Armed Forces. They serve their country on military bases, in foreign lands, in the air, on land and in the sea around the world. Take time to thank those who serve to advance the cause of freedom on Armed Forces Day.

Devil's Food Cake Day
Devil's Food Cake Day Sandy Wallace

Devil's Food Cake Day

On May 19, we celebrate National Devil's Food Cake Day. Who knew that there was a special day to celebrate the cake loved by kids of all ages. Let the kids help bake a devil's food cake day to celebrate and everyone wins.

Honor the Fallen
Honor the Fallen Sandy Wallace

Honor the Fallen

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day honors all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Some families visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to show their gratitude for our fallen heroes.

Summertime
Summertime Sandy Wallace

Summertime

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Families enjoy cookouts, weekend trips or a visits to the beach, late or pool. In some cities, kids can enjoy summer fun at a sprayground or water park. Get a start on summer planning during May.