Monday, May 1, 2017

How to Never Run Out of Ideas for Things Write About—May Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

May Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days
It’s time again for Calendar Days. These are just fun to read. They’re also a great way to jumpstart our creativity when looking for ideas for articles and blog posts. They’re also a fun writing prompt idea. 

In addition, calendar days are great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, especially when two contrasting holidays fall on the same date. 

May Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days
May is:
National Military Appreciation Month
National Mental Health Awareness Month
Deck Safety Month
Older American’s Month
Lupus Awareness Month
National Salsa Month
Golf Month
National Moving Month
National Lyme Disease Awareness Month
National Motorcycle Awareness Month
Foster Care Month
National Chocolate Custard Month
World Stroke Month
Melanoma Awareness Month
Older Americans Month
National Egg Month
National Strawberry Month
National Barbecue Month
National Chamber Music Month
National Recommitment Month
Date Your Mate Month
National Water Safety Month
National Get Caught Reading Month
National Photograph Month
National Bike Month
National Hamburger Month
National Blood Pressure Month
National Salad Month

Weekly Celebrations
Week 1:
National Wildflower Week
Choose Privacy Week
Screen-free week
Week 2:
Nurses Week
Week 3:
National Police Week
Public Works Week
National Bike Week
Week 4:
Emergency Medical Services Week

Daily Celebrations
May 1
National Melanoma Monday (First Monday in May)
Lei Day
School Bus Drivers Day
Purebred Dog Day
Law Day
World Laughter Day
International Workers Day
National Chocolate Parfait Day
New Home Owners Day
May Day
Loyalty Day
Executive Coaching Day
National Loyalty Day
Silver Star Service Banner Day
Save the Rhino Day
School Principals Day
National Mother Goose Day

May 2
World Asthma Day
National Life Insurance Day
National Truffle Day
Baby Day
Brothers and Sisters Day

May 3
National Paranormal Day
National Chocolate Custard Day
National Textiles Day
Public Radio Day
Poem on Your Pillow Day
School Nurse Day
National Garden Meditation Day
Nationally Specially-abled Pets Day
National Raspberry Popover Day
National Lumpy Rug Day
Two Different Colored Shoes Day
World Press Freedom Day

May 4
National Day of Prayer (First Thursday in May)
Bird Day
World Password Day
Great American Grump Out
National Day of Reason (first Thursday in May)
National Weather Observers Day
National Orange Juice Day
Petite and Proud Day
National Candied Orange Peel Day
National Renewal Day                          
National Star Wars Day 
Fire Fighter’s Day

May 5
Cinco de Mayo
Nationally Totally Chipotle Day
Hug a Shed and Take a Selfie
International Tuba Day
National Space Day (First Friday in May)
National Military Spouse Appreciation Day (Friday before Mother’s Day)
National Day of Reason
No Pants Day
National Provider Appreciation Day (Friday before Mother’sDay
National Astronaut Day
National Hoagie Day
Oyster Day
National Cartoonists Day

May 6
National Beverage Day
International Space Day
Infidelity Hurts Awareness Day
National Start Seeing Monarchs Day (First Saturday in May)
National Crepe Suzette Day
International Migratory Bird Day
Free Comic Book Day
National Tourist Appreciation Day
National Bombshells Day (First Saturday in May
National Scrapbook Day (First Saturday in May)
Join Hands Day (First Saturday in May)
National Nurses Day
Beverage Day
No Diet Day
No Homework Day

May 7
National Infertility Survival Day (Sunday before Mother’s Day)
National Tourism Day
National Lemonade Day (First Sunday in May)
National Packaging Design Day
National Barrier Awareness
National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

May 8
National Student Nurse Day
National Coconut Cream Pie Day
National Have a Coke Day
National Women’s Checkup Day (Second Monday in May)
Iris Day
Free Trade Day
V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day)
World Red Cross Day/World Red Crescent Day
No Socks Day

May 9
National Teacher Appreciation Day (Tuesday of the First Full Week in May)
National Lost Sock Memorial Day
Public Gardens Day
National Butterscotch Brownie Day
National Sleepover Day

May 10
National Bike to School Day (Changes Annually)
National School Nurse day (Wednesday of National Nurses Week)
Windmill Day
National Third Shift Workers Day (Second Wednesday in May)
National Receptionists Day (Second Wednesday in May)
Stay Up all Night Night
Donate a Days Wages to Charity Day
World Lupus Day
National Shrimp Day
National Lipid Day
Confederate Memorial Day (North and South Carolina)
Clean Up Your Room Day

May 11
Eat What You Want Day
National Foam Rolling Day
Root Canal Appreciation Day
National Twilight Zone Day

May 12
Fatigue Syndrome Day
Military Spouse Appreciation Day
One Day without Shoes Day
International Nurses Day
National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
National Odometer Day
National Limerick Day
National Nutty Fudge Day

May 13
Leprechaun Day
Fair Trade Day
International Hummus Day
National Miniature Golf Day (Second Saturday in May)
National Archery Day (Second Saturday in May)
National Babysitter’s Day (Saturday Before Mother’s Day)
National Crouton Day
National Birth Mother’s Day (Saturday Before Mother’s Day)
National Apple Pie Day
National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day (Second Saturday in May)
National Fruit Cocktail Day
National Frog Jumping Day
Top Gun Day

May 14
Mother’s Day (Second Sunday in May)
National Underground America Day
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
National Chicken Dance Day

May 15
National Chocolate Chip Day
National Nylon Stocking Day
Peace Officer’s Memorial Day
Straw Hat Day

May 16
National Love a Tree Day
Drawing Day
National Sea Monkey Day
Wear Purple for Peace Day
International Virtual Assistants Day
National Biographers Day

May 17
World Hypertension Day
National Pack Rat Day
National Walnut Day
National Cherry Cobbler Day
World Telecommunications Day
World Baking Day

May 18
Golf Day
Notebook Day
National Cheese Souffle Day
Museum Day
National No Dirty Dishes Day
National Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19
Boy’s Club Day
National Defense Transportation Day (Third Friday in May)
National Bike to Work Day (Third Friday in May)
National Devil’s Food Cake Day
NASCAR Day (Third Friday in May)
National Pizza Party Day (Third Friday in May)
National Endangered Species Day (Third Friday in May)
National May Ray Day

May 20
National Armed Forces Day (Third Saturday in May)
National Quiche Lorraine Day
National Learn to Swim Day (Third Saturday in May)
National Pick Strawberries Day
National Be a Millionaire Day
Weights & Measures Day

May 21
National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day
National Memo Day
National Strawberries and Cream Day
National American Red Cross Founder’s Day
Rapture Party Day
National Waitstaff Day
I need a Patch for that Day

May 22
Sherlock Holmes Day
Harvey Milk Day
Accounting Day
National Vanilla Pudding Day
National Buy a Musical Instrument Day
National Maritime Day

May 23
National Lucky Penny Day
National Taffy Day
Title Track Day
Turtle Day

May 24
National Escargot Day
National Scavenger Hunt Day
Tiara Day
Emergency Medical Services for Children (Wednesday of Emergency Medical Services Week
Aviation Maintenance Technician Day
Brother’s Day

May 25
Geek Pride Day
Towel Day
Red Nose Day (Changes Annually)
National Brown-bag Day
National Tap Dance Day
National Missing Children’s Day

May 26
Paper Airplane Day
Sally Ride Day
Dracula Day
National Heat Awareness Day (Last Friday in May)
World Lindy Hop Day
National Don’t Fry Day (Friday before Memorial Day)
National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

May 27
National Cellophane Tape Day
National Grape Popsicle Day
Sun Screen Day

May 28
National Hamburger Day
Indianapolis 500
National Brisket Day
Amnesty International Day

May 29
Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
Learn About composting Day
National Paperclip Day
Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day
Biscuit Day

May 30
National Water a Flower Day
National Hole in My Bucket Day
Loomis Day

May 31
National Macaroon Day
Web Designer Day
National Senior Health & Fitness Day (Last Wednesday in May)
National Speak in Sentences Day
World No Tobacco Day
National Save Your Hearing Day

Now let's do a little brainstorming for May. What are some of your favorite days from the list and how do you propose using them?

How to never run out of ideas for things to write about - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

Need ideas for articles & blog posts? Look no further than the calendar - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)


  1. Thanks, Edie, for taking the time to compose this list each month. I don't take advantage of it as often as I should, but it is a big help for post ideas and also a lot of fun to read.

  2. You know I love these. Maybe folks will hug a school bus driver (or write a tribute to one) today. Same with a school principal. Thanks.

  3. and just like that, i know how the fourth (and final) book in the series ends!! (it'll be next May!) Edie, i love your each-day-of-the-month posts!!!

  4. Love these lists so much! I now have some more awesome ideas on what to post about this month ;). Thanks, Edie!

    ~ Savannah

  5. I've been waiting for Military holidays! Thanks for sharing this list.

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  6. Love this list. Helps me set up monthly posts. Thank you Edie!