May 5, 2021

National Teacher Appreciation Day

National Teacher Appreciation Day is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year. On National Teacher Appreciation Day and during National Teacher Appreciation Week, we show our educators how much we value their service in the classroom, how much we appreciate all they do for our students and families, and how thankful we are for their contributions to our national progress.

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 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.

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 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.

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 School Nurse Day

Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. It is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurse Week, from May 6 to May 12.