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

National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

National Hamburger Month

It is believed that the Hamburg steak, originating in Germany, evolved into the hamburger.

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."

National Barbecue Month

May is National Barbecue Month, marking the official beginning of peak barbecuing season.

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.

National Chocolate Parfait Day

A parfait is a rich cold dessert made with whipped cream, eggs, ice cream, and sometimes fruit served in a tall glass.

Law 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.

National Loyalty Day

National Loyalty Day is observed on May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside to recognize the American spirit of loyalty and the sacrifices that so many have made for our Nation.

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 Homebrew Day

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association created Big Brew to celebrate National Homebrew Day each year on the first Saturday in May.

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.

National Start Seeing Monarchs Day

National Start Seeing Monarchs Days is observed annually on the first Saturday in May to celebrate the Monarch butterfly.

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.