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May 2014 HolidaysTeachers - check out our fun holidays and occasions for May 2014!

Holiday links will bring you to either a thematic unit at Apples4theteacher.com or another website that offers more information about the holiday. Being creative in your teaching makes learning fun.

Some holidays have nothing to do with teaching. We just think they're crazy and fun. That's because we realize our teachers need a life too - so celebrate !

For Apples4theTeacher.com links, you may find the following teacher resources: information about the holiday or occasion, thematic book lists, short stories, poetry, worksheets and other printables, craft ideas, recipes, articles of interest, songs and plays. Holiday kid activities include: interactive coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles, scramblers and interactive games. Use the children's activities to integrate literacy. Coloring pages can be used as story starters or journal pages. Word search games can be used to introduce vocabulary and dictionary skills.

Below you will find events and holidays for May 2014 broken down by day. Weekly and monthly observances can be found toward the bottom of the page.

NOTE: As new thematic units are added on the website, links will be updated.

May 1, 2014 - Thursday

Batman Day  Link *
Executive Coaching Day  Link *
Keep Kids Alive! Drive 25 Day  Link *
Lei Day  Link *
Loyalty Day  Link *
May Day *
Mother Goose Day *
National Day of Prayer    1st Thursday
National Day of Reason  Link 1st Thursday
New Homeowner's Day  Link *
School Principals' Day  Link *
Silver Star Day  Link *

May 2, 2014 - Friday

National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy  Link  
National Play Your Ukulele Day  Link *
No Pants Day  Link 1st Friday
Space Day  Link 1st Friday
Tuba Day  Link 1st Friday

May 3, 2014 - Saturday

Free Comic Book Day  Link 1st Saturday
Garden Meditation Day  Link *
Kentucky Derby  Link 1st Saturday
Lumpy Rug Day  Link *
National Homebrew Day  Link 1st Saturday
National Scrapbooking Day  Link 1st Saturday
National Two Different Colored Shoes Day  Link *
Paranormal Day  Link *
World Press Freedom Day  Link *

May 4, 2014 - Sunday

Bird Day   *
Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You!)  Link *
Join Hands Day  Link  
Motorcycle Mass & Blessing of The Bikes Day  Link 1st Sunday
National Infertility Survival Day  Link 1st Sunday
Respect for Chickens Day  Link *
Star Wars Day  Link *
World Laughter Day  Link 1st Sunday

May 5, 2014 - Monday

Buddha BC 563  Link *
Cartoonists Day  Link *
Childhood Stroke Awareness Day  Link *
Cinco de Mayo *
International Midwives' Day  Link *
Melanoma Monday  Link 1st Monday
Totally Chipotle Day  Link *
Yom HaZikaron  Link  

May 6, 2014 - Tuesday

Joseph Brackett Day  Link *
National Teacher Day 1st Tuesday of the First Full Week
No Diet Day  Link *
No Homework Day  Link *
Nurses Day or National RN Recognition Day  Link *
World Asthma Day  Link 1st Tuesday
Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel's Independence Day)  Link  

May 7, 2014 - Wednesday

Bladder Cancer Awareness Day   
Great American Grump Out  1st Wednesday
National School Nurse Day   

May 8, 2014 - Thursday

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day  Link  
Harry Truman Bday 1884  *
No Socks Day  Link *
V E Day  Link *
World Red Cross / Red Crescent Day  Link *

May 9, 2014 - Friday

Child Care Provider Day  Link Friday before Mother's Day
Military Spouse Appreciation Day  Link Friday before Mother's Day

May 10, 2014 - Saturday

Birthmother's Day  Link Saturday before Mother's Day
International Migratory Bird Day    2nd Saturday
Letter Carrier's Food Drive Day  Link 2nd Saturday
Lupus Day  Link *
National Babysitters Day  Link Saturday before Mother's Day
National Miniature Golf Day  Link 2nd Saturday
National Windmill Day  Link 2nd Saturday
Windmill Day  Link  
World Belly Dance Day  Link 2nd Saturday
World Fair Trade Day  Link 2nd Saturday

May 11, 2014 - Sunday

Eat What You Want Day  Link *
Minnesota Statehood 1858  *
Mother's Day varies

May 12, 2014 - Monday

Limerick Day  Link *
National Nutty Fudge Day  Link *
Odometer Day  Link *

May 13, 2014 - Tuesday

Frog Jumping Day  Link *

May 14, 2014 - Wednesday

Donate A Day's Wages To Charity  Link 2nd Wednesday
National Chicken Dance Day  Link *
National Night Shift Workers Day  Link 2nd Wednesday
National Third Shift Workers Day  Link 2nd Wednesday
Receptionists Day  Link  
Underground America Day  Link *

May 15, 2014 - Thursday

International Day of Families  Link *
National Chocolate Chip Day  Link *
National Safety Dose Day  Link  
Nylon Stockings Day  Link *
Peace Officer Memorial Day  Link *
Straw Hat Day  Link *

May 16, 2014 - Friday

Bats Day: 5/16-5/18  Link  
Biographer's Day  Link *
Endangered Species Day  Link 3rd Friday
International Virtual Assistants Day  Link 3rd Friday
Mike, The Headless Chicken Day: 17-18  Link Always 3rd weekend
National Bike to Work Day  Link 3rd Friday
National Defense Transportation Day  Link 3rd Friday
National Sea Monkey Day  Link *

May 17, 2014 - Saturday

Armed Forces Day  Link 3rd Saturday
NASCAR Day  Link  
Syttende Mai  Link *
World Hypertension Day  Link *
World Information Society Day  Link *
World Telecommunications Day  Link *

May 18, 2014 - Sunday

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day  Link *
International Museum Day  Link *
Preakness Stakes  Link  
Stepmother's Day  Link Sunday after Mothers Day
Visit Your Relatives Day  Link *

May 19, 2014 - Monday

Boys Club Day  Link *
May Ray Day  Link *
National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day  Link *
Victoria Day  Link Monday preceding May 25

May 20, 2014 - Tuesday

Eliza Doolittle Day  Link *
Weights & Measures Day  Link *

May 21, 2014 - Wednesday

American Red Cross Founder's Day  Link *
End of the World or Rapture Party Day (Prediction)  Link  
I Need A Patch For That Day  Link *
National Employee Health & Fitness Day  Link 3rd Wednesday
National Wait Staff Day  Link *
Sister Maria Hummel Day  Link *
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development  Link *

May 22, 2014 - Thursday

International Day for Biological Diversity  Link *
National Maritime Day  Link *

May 23, 2014 - Friday

Declaration of the Bab Day  Link *
National Taffy Day  Link *
National Wig Out Day  Link Always Fri. before Memorial Day
So. Carolina Statehood 1788  *
World Crohn's and Colitis Day  Link *
World Turtle Day  Link *

May 24, 2014 - Saturday

Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day (ARMAD)  Link Always the Saturday before Memorial Day
International Tiara Day  Link *

May 25, 2014 - Sunday

National Missing Children's Day  Link *
National Tap Dance Day  Link *
Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day  Link *
Towel Day  Link *

May 26, 2014 - Monday

Indianapolis 500  Link  
Memorial Day last Monday in May

May 27, 2014 - Tuesday

Cellophane Tape Day  Link *
Isra Al Mí Raj  Link  

May 28, 2014 - Wednesday

National Senior Health & Fitness Day  Link Last Wednesday
Slugs Return From Capistrano Day  Link *

May 29, 2014 - Thursday

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers  Link *
John Kennedy Bday 1917  *
Rhode Island Statehood 1790  *
Wisconsin Statehood 1848  *

May 30, 2014 - Friday

Loomis Day  Link *

May 31, 2014 - Saturday

What You Think Upon Grows Day  Link *
World No-Tobacco Day  Link *

* The holiday is celebrated on the same day each year.

Weekly Holidays and Observances

  • International Wildlife Film Week: 4/12-4/19 ***** Link
  • Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Week: 5/1-5/7 Link
  • *Update Your References Week: 5/1-5/7 Link
  • Be Kind To Animals Week: 5/4-5/10 (First full week in May) Link
  • Children's Mental Health Week: 5/4-5/10 Link (First full week in May)
  • Choose Privacy Week: 5/1-5/7 Link
  • Goodwill Industries Week: 5/4-5/10 Link
  • Drinking Water Week: 5/4-5/10 Link
  • Kids Win Week: 5/4-5/10 Link
  • NAOSH Week: 5/4-5/10 (First Full Week) Link
  • National Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week: 5/4-5/10 Link
  • *National Nurses Day and Week: 5/6-5/12 Link
  • National Occupational Safety & Health Week: 5/4-5/10 Link (Always 2nd full Week)
  • National Pet Week: 5/4-5/10 Link
  • North American Occupational Safety & Health Week: 5/4-5/10 (Always First Full Week) Link
  • National Hospital Week: 5/11-5/17 Link
  • PTA Teacher Appreciation Week: 5/5-5/9
  • National Wildflower Week: 5/5-5/11 Link
  • National Correctional Officer's Week: 5/5-5/11 Link (First full week in May)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week: 5/12-5/18 Link
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: 5/5-5/9 (First Full Week)
  • Work At Home Moms Week: 5/5-5/11 Link
  • National Tourism Week: 5/5-5/11 Link
  • National Nursing Home Week: 5/11-5/17 Link
  • Reading is Fun Week: 5/11-5/17 Link (2nd Full Week)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week: 5/11-5/17 Link
  • National Women's Health Week: 5/11-5/17 Link
  • National Etiquette Week: 5/11-5/17 Link
  • World Trade Week: 5/13-5/24 Link
  • National Police Week: 5/11-5/17 Link
  • National Transportation Week: 5/11-5/17 Link
  • Children's Book Week: 5/12-5/18 (First full week starting Monday) Link
  • American Craft Beer Week: 5/12-5/18 (3rd Week) Link
  • National Dog Bite Prevention Week: 5/18-5/24 Link
  • EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week: 5/18-5/24 Link
  • National New Friends, Old Friends Week: 5/18-5/24 Link
  • National Safe Boating Week: 5/17-5/23 Link
  • National Medical Transcription Week: 5/18-5/24 (3rd Week) Link
  • National Backyard Games Week: 5/20-5/27 Link

Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • ALS Awareness Month (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's Disease) Link
  • American Wetlands Month Link
  • APS ( Antiphospholipid Antibody Synrome) Awareness Month Link
  • Arthritis Awareness Month Link
  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Link
  • Awareness of Medical Orphans Month Link
  • Better Hearing & Speech Month Link
  • Borderline Personality Disorder Month Link
  • Brain Tumor Awareness Month Link
  • Carrots and Cauliflower Month Link
  • Celiac Awareness Month Link
  • Clean Air Month Link
  • Community Living Month (Ontario, Canada) Link
  • Creative Beginnings Month Link
  • EcoDriving Month Link
  • Family Wellness Month Link
  • Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month Link
  • Freedom Shrine Month Link
  • Get Caught Reading Month Link
  • Gifts From The Garden Month Link
  • Go Fetch! Food Drive for Homeless Animals Month Link
  • Grapefruit and Kiwi Month Link
  • Haitian Heritage Month Link
  • Heal the Children Month Link
  • Healthy Vision Month Link
  • Huntington's Disease Awareness Month Link
  • International Audit Month Link
  • International Business Image Improvement Month Link
  • International Civility Awareness Month Link
  • International Victorious Woman Month Link
  • Jewish-American Heritage Month Link
  • Latino Books Month Link
  • Lupus Awareness Month Link
  • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month Link
  • Motorcycle Safety Month Link
  • National Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month Link
  • National Barbecue Month Link
  • National Better Hearing Month Link
  • National Bike Month Link
  • National Egg Month Link
  • National Foster Care Month Link
  • National Good Car Keeping Month Link
  • National Hamburger Month Link
  • National Hepatitis Awareness Month Link
  • National Inventors Month Link
  • Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month (aka NF Month) Link
  • (World) Lyme Disease Awareness Month Link
  • National Mental Health Month Link
  • National Military Appreciation Month Link
  • National Moving Month Link
  • National Osteoporosis Prevention Month Link
  • National Photo Month Link
  • National Physical Fitness & Sports Month Link
  • National Physiotherapy Month Link
  • National Preservation Month Link
  • National Salad Month Link
  • National Salsa Month (the food) Link
  • National Stroke Awareness Month Link
  • National Vinegar Month Link
  • National Youth Traffic Safety Month Link
  • Older Americans Month Link
  • React Month Link
  • Revise Your Work Schedule Month Link
  • Skin Cancer Awareness Month Link
  • Strike Out Strokes Month Link
  • Sweet Vidalia Onions Month Link
  • Teen CEO Month Link
  • Tennis Month Link
  • Tay-Sachs and Canavan Diseases Month Link
  • Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month (5/15 - 6/15) Link
  • Ultra-violet Awareness Month Link
  • Young Achievers of Tomorrow Month Link
  • National Family Month (5/11 to 6/15)  Link
  • National Smile Month 5/19 – 6/19 Link

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