May 5, 2018

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5 to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.

National Astronaut Day

In 2016, the United States celebrated the first National Astronaut Day. The day is meant to pay tribute to the daring souls who risked everything to expand the horizon of mankind's knowledge and prowess. On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard, aided by Gunter Wendt and the rest of the launch pad crew, became America's first astronaut crossing into the new frontier of space. The entire sub-orbital trip lasted just 15 minutes.

National Cartoonists Day

The National Cartoonist Society launched National Cartoonists Day on May 5, 1999 to increase awareness and celebrate the work of cartoonists. It was on May 5, 1895 that "Hogan's Alley" became the first comic.

National Totally Chipotle Day

National Totally Chipotle Day is meant to complement Cinco De Mayo and honor its distinctly Mexican heritage. Chipotle is a smoked hot and usually dried pepper.

National Hoagie Day

A hoagie, also known as a sub, wedge, hero, or grinder, is a type of sandwich that consists of a length of bread or roll split lengthwise and filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments.

International Midwives Day

May 5 is the internationally recognized day for celebrating the work of midwives. The idea of having a day to recognize and honor midwives came out of the 1987 International Confederation of Midwives conference in the Netherlands. A midwife is a person trained to assist women in childbirth.

National Bombshells' Day

National Bombshells' Day is observed each year on the first Saturday in May. Victoria's Secret created Bombshells' Day as a day for women to celebrate themselves and their best friends.

National Scrapbook Day

National Scrapbook Day is observed each year on the first Saturday in May. Scrapbooking is a method/art for preserving, presenting, arranging personal and family history in the form of a book, box, or card.

Join Hands Day

Join Hands Day is a national volunteer day sponsored by America's fraternal benefit societies. This annual event, held on the first Saturday in May, generates awareness about what grassroots volunteerism can do in communities across the nation, while also bringing youth and adults together to build lasting friendships across generations.

National Train Day

National Train Day was a holiday started by Amtrak in 2008 as a method to spread information to the general public about the advantages of railway travel and the history of trains in the United States. It was held each year on the Saturday closest to May 10, the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden spike in Promontory, Utah which marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.