May 1, 2021
National Photography Month
In 1987, the United States Congress under President Ronald Reagan officially recognized May as National Photography Month. It is a time to celebrate the invention of this incredible and powerful means of communication and to promote the interest, appreciation and participation in photography by all levels of photographers throughout all genres.
National Foster Care Month
"May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 430,000 children and youth in foster care, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives". For more information visit Childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth
National High Blood Pressure Education Month
National High Blood Pressure Education Month marks the "kickoff" of high blood pressure prevention and control activities for the year. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute launched the first "Month" campaign in May 1974. According to the Center for Disease Control, "uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States."
Silver Star Service Banner Day
The Silver Star Service Banner has come to represent the members of the Armed Forces and veterans who were wounded or became ill in combat in the wars fought by the United States. In 2010, the United States Congress passed a resolution declaring May 1 as Silver Star Service Banner Day.
President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. The American Bar Association designates a theme to highlight an important issue relating to the law or legal system.
National Mother Goose Day
The goal of Mother Goose Day, celebrated annually on May 1, is to appreciate nursery rhymes. Mother Goose is the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes and is generally depicted in literature and book illustration as an elderly country woman in a tall hat and shawl.
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.