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May 2022 Holidays + Fun, Weird and Special Dates

Are you a small business owner or marketer?

Looking for holidays or special dates to celebrate on social media?

Marketing your business on social media just got a lot easier with this complete list of holidays, observances, and special dates for May 2022.

The list includes more than 325 different holidays and observances to celebrate in May.

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Why Holidays Make Great Social Media Posts

Back in my corporate marketing days, when I managed the social media channels for a $150 million business, I rejoiced when a holiday came around.

Holiday posts were easy to create and they always received more “likes” than any other post.

Not many people will engage with a post about a company news release or an industry article, but many who see a post wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day will give it a “like.”

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For a business owner or marketer, holiday posts not only increase your social media engagement, but they’re also easy posts to create that fill your followers with positive emotions.

When sharing a holiday post, always include an image or video with your status update no matter what platform you’re using. 

That’s because posts with an image get 2.3 times more engagement than posts without an image. (source)

Including an image with your post is the easiest way to DOUBLE engagement and it’s why the Social Content App, our industry-leading mobile app, is FULL of eye-catching images.

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For more tips on how to increase your social media engagement, read: 5 Ways to Increase Social Media Engagement. 

Holiday Hashtags for Social Media

When celebrating holidays on social media, it’s important to include the relevant hashtag(s) for that holiday in your post.

Hashtags will increase the reach of your post, exposing your business to a larger audience.

To learn why and how to use hashtags on social media read: 210 Daily Hashtags for Social Media.

Hashtags are such an essential piece to your success on social media that I’ve done the research for you.

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Most of the holidays listed below include a hashtag to use on social media. 

However, for best results, you’ll want to use 3 – 5 hashtags relevant to that holiday in your post. 

If you’re pressed for time, the Social Content App does the hashtag research for you and provides 3 popular and relevant hashtags for all major holidays. 

Now that you know those helpful tips let’s jump into the list of Holidays.

List of May 2022 Holidays

In an effort to simplify this massive list of holidays, I’ve divided the days into five categories – public holidays, religious holidays, monthly observances, weekly observances, and daily observances.

Scroll down to view all 325 holidays or use the following links to skip ahead to a specific category.

May 2022 Public Holidays

This list contains public holidays and special observances in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
DateHolidayHashtagWhere Observed
May 2Labour Day#LabourDayAustralia
May 2May Day#MayDayAustralia
May 2Early May Bank Holiday#BankHoliday United Kingdom
May 5Cinco de Mayo#CincodeMayoMexico / US
May 6Agfest #Agfest Tasmania, Australia
May 8Victory in Europe Day#VEDayUnited Kingdom
May 8Mother's Day #MothersDayWorldwide
May 23National Patriots' DayQuebec, Canada
May 23Victoria Day#VictoriaDayParts of Canada
May 26 National Sorry Day#NationalSorryDayAustralia
May 30Reconciliation Day #ReconciliationDayAustralia
May 30Memorial Day #MemorialDayUnited States

May 2022 Religious Holidays

DateHolidayHashtagReligion
May 3Eid ul Fitr #Eidalfitr Muslim
May 4Yom HaZikaron#YomHazikaronJewish
May 5Yom HaAtzmaut#YomHaatzmautJewish
May 19Lag BaOmer#LagBaomerJewish
May 26Ascension Day#AscensionChristian
May 29Jerusalem Day#JerusalemDayJewish

May 2022 Monthly Observances

Holiday
ALS Awareness Month
American Wetlands Month
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asthma Awareness Month
Better Speech and Hearing Month
Bladder Cancer Awareness Month
Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month
Brain Cancer Awareness Month
Building Safety Month
Celiac Awareness Month
Correct Posture Month
Creative Beginnings Month
Date Your Mate Month
Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month
Food Allergy Awareness Month
Get Caught Reading Month
Gifts From The Garden Month
Global Civility Awareness Month
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Haitian Heritage Month
Healthy Vision Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month
Homeschooling Awareness Month
Huntington's Disease Awareness Month
International Internal Audit Awareness Month
International Mediterranean Diet Month
International Victorious Woman Month
Jewish-American Heritage Month
Latino Books Month
Lupus Awareness Month
Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
National Arthritis Awareness Month
National Asparagus Month
National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bike Month
National Chamber Music Month
National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
National Egg Month
National Electrical Safety Month
National Family Wellness Month
National Foster Care Month
National Hamburger Month
National High Blood Pressure Education Month
National Inventors Month
National Meditation Month
National Military Appreciation Month
National Moving Month
National Osteoporosis Month
National Photography Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Recommitment Month
National Salad Month
National Salsa Month
National Strawberry Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
National Teen Self-Esteem Month
National Vinegar Month
National Water Safety Month
National Youth Traffic Safety Month
NF (Neurofibromatosis) Awareness Month
Older Americans Month
Orphan Awareness Month
Play Tennis Month
Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month
Preeclampsia Awareness Month
Preservation Month
Save Your Tooth Month
Skin Cancer Awareness Month
UV (Ultraviolet) Awareness Month
Wildfire Awareness Month
Women's Health Month

May 2022 Weekly Observances

DateHoliday
May 1 - 7Be Kind To Animals Week
May 1 - 7Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
May 1 - 7Drinking Water Week
May 1 - 7National Correctional Officers Week
May 1 - 7National Pet Week
May 1 - 7National Travel and Tourism Week
May 1 - 7North American Occupational Safety & Health Week
May 1 - 7Public Service Recognition Week
May 1 - 7Screen-Free Week
May 2 - 6Air Quality Awareness Week
May 2 - 6Teacher Appreciation Week
May 2 - 8Children's Book Week
May 2 - 8International Coaching Week
May 3 - 9Sun Awareness Week
May 6 - 12National Nurses Week
May 6 - 15National Public Gardens Week
May 8 - 14Food Allergy Awareness Week
May 8 - 14National Defense Transportation Week
May 8 - 14National Hospital Week
May 8 - 14National Stuttering Awareness Week
May 8 - 14National Women's Health Week
May 9 - 13Economic Development Week
May 9 - 15National Salvation Army Week
May 15 - 21Healthcare Documentation Integrity Week
May 15 - 21International Heritage Breeds Week
May 15 - 21National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week
May 15 - 21National Eosinophil Awareness Week
May 15 - 21National Police Week
May 15 - 21Public Works Week
May 16 - 22American Craft Beer Week
May 21 - 27National Safe Boating Week
May 23 - 29Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

May 2022 Daily Observances

DateHolidayHashtag
May 1Law Day#LawDay
May 1May Day#MayDay
May 1National Chocolate Parfait Day#ChocolateParfaitDay
May 1National Infertility Survival Day#InfertilitySurvivalDay
May 1National Loyalty Day#NationalLoyaltyDay
May 1National Mother Goose Day#NationalMotherGooseDay
May 1No Pants Day#NoPantsDay
May 1School Principals’ Day#SchoolPrincipalsDay
May 1Silver Star Service Banner Day#SilverStarService
May 2Melanoma Monday #MelanomaMonday
May 2National Life Insurance Day#LifeInsuranceDay
May 2National Truffle Day#NationalTruffleDay
May 3National Chocolate Custard Day#ChocolateCustardDay
May 3National Foster Care Day #FosterCareBlue
May 3National Garden Meditation Day#GardenMeditationDay
May 3National Lumpy Rug Day#NationalLumpyRugDay
May 3National Paranormal Day #NationalParanormalDay
May 3National Raspberry Popover Day#RaspberryPopoverDay
May 3National SAN Architect Day #SANArchitectDay
May 3National Specially-abled Pets Day#SpeciallyAbledPetsDay
May 3National Teacher Appreciation Day #TeacherAppreciationDay
May 3National Textiles Day#NationalTextilesDay
May 3National Two Different Colored Shoes Day#TwoDifferentColoredShoesDay
May 4Bird Day#BirdDay
May 4National Candied Orange Peel Day#CandiedOrangePeelDay
May 4National Orange Juice Day#NationalOrangeJuiceDay
May 4National Renewal Day#NationalRenewalDay
May 4National Skilled Trades Day #NationalSkilledTradesDay
May 4National Skilled Trades Day #SkilledTradesDay
May 4National Weather Observers Day#WeatherObserversDay
May 4Star Wars Day#NationalStarWarsDay
May 5Cinco de Mayo#CincodeMayo
May 5National Astronaut Day#NationalAstronautDay
May 5National Cartoonists Day#NationalCartoonistsDay
May 5National Day of Prayer#NationalDayOfPrayer
May 5National Day of Reason #NationalDayofReason.
May 5National Hoagie Day#NationalHoagieDay
May 5National Silence the Shame Day #SilenceTheShame
May 5Totally Chipotle Day#TotallyChipotleDay
May 5World Password Day #WorldPasswordDay
May 6International No Diet Day#NoDietDay
May 6International Space Day#SpaceDay
May 6National Beverage Day#NationalBeverageDay
May 6National Crepe Suzette Day#CrepeSuzetteDay
May 6National Military Spouse Appreciation Day #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay
May 6National Nurses Day#NationalNursesDay
May 6National Provider Appreciation Day #ProviderAppreciationDay
May 6National Space Day #NationalSpaceDay
May 6National Tourist Appreciation Day#TouristAppreciationDay
May 6School Lunch Hero Day#SchoolLunchHeroDay
May 6School Lunch Hero Day #SchoolLunchHeroDay
May 7Free Comic Book Day #FreeComicBookDay
May 7Join Hands Day #JoinHandsDay
May 7Kentucky Derby#KentuckyDerby
May 7National Auctioneers Day#NationalAuctioneersDay
May 7National Babysitter’s Day #NationalBabysittersDay
May 7National Barrier Awareness Day#BarrierAwarenessDay
May 7National Birth Mother’s Day #NationalBirthMothersDay
May 7National Bombshells’ Day #BombshellsDay
May 7National Fitness Day #NationalFitnessDay
May 7National Homebrew Day #NationalHomebrewDay
May 7National Packaging Design Day#PackagingDesignDay
May 7National Paste-Up Day#NationalPasteUp
May 7National Roast Leg of Lamb Day#RoastLegofLamb
May 7National Scrapbook Day #NationalScrapbookDay
May 7National Start Seeing Monarchs Day #StartSeeingMararchsDay
May 7National Tourism Day#TourismDay
May 7National Train Day #NationalTrainDay
May 8Mother’s Day #MothersDay
May 8National Coconut Cream Pie Day#CoconutCreamPieDay
May 8National Have A Coke Day#NationalHaveACokeDay
May 8National Student Nurse Day#NationalStudentNurseDay
May 8Victory in Europe Day#VEDay
May 9International Migratory Bird Day#MigratoryBirdDay
May 9National Butterscotch Brownie Day#ButterscotchBrownieDay
May 9National Lost Sock Memorial Day#LostSockMemorialDay
May 9National Moscato Day#MoscatoDay
May 9National Sleepover Day#SleepintheBare
May 9National Women’s Checkup Day #WomensCheckupDay
May 9World Fair Trade Day#FairTradeDay
May 10National Clean Up Your Room Day#CleanUpYourRoomDay
May 10National Lipid Day#NationalLipidDay
May 10National Shrimp Day#NationalShrimpDay
May 10National Washington Day#NationalWashingtonDay
May 11National Eat What You Want Day #EatWhatYouWantDay
May 11National Foam Rolling Day#NationalFoamRollingDay
May 11National Receptionists’ Day #NationalReceptionistsDay
May 11National School Nurse Day #NationalSchoolNurseDay
May 11National Third Shift Workers Day #ThirdShiftWorkersDay
May 11National Twilight Zone Day#NationalTwilightZoneDay
May 12National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day #FibromyalgiaAwarenessDay
May 12National Limerick Day#NationalLimerickDay
May 12National Nutty Fudge Day#NationalNuttyFudgeDay
May 12National Odometer Day #NationalOdometerDay
May 13International Hummus Day#HummusDay
May 13National Apple Pie Day#NationalApplePieDay
May 13National Crouton Day#NationalCroutonDay
May 13National Frog Jumping Day#FrogJumpingDay
May 13National Fruit Cocktail Day#FruitCocktailDay
May 14Cornelia De Lange Syndrome Awareness Day #CorneliaDeLangeSyndromeAwarenessDay
May 14National Archery Day #NationalArcherySchoolsProgram
May 14National Buttermilk Biscuit Day#ButtermilkBiscuitDay
May 14National Dance Like a Chicken Day#DanceLikeAChickenDay
May 14National Decency Day #NationalDecencyDay
May 14National Dog Mom’s Day #DogMomsDay
May 14National Miniature Golf Day #NationalMiniGolfDay
May 14National Underground America Day#UndergroundAmericaDay
May 14Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day #StampOutHungerFoodDrive
May 15National Chocolate Chip Day#ChocolateChipDay
May 15National Nylon Stocking Day#NylonStockingDay
May 15Peace Officers Memorial Day#PeaceOfficersMemorialDay
May 15 International Day of Families#DayOfFamilies
May 16Honor Our LGBT Elders Day #HonorOurLBGTEldersDay
May 16National Barbecue Day#NationalBBQDay
May 16National Biographer’s Day#NationalBiographersDay
May 16National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day #CoquillesSaintJacquesDay
May 16National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day#NationalDoSomethingGoodForYourNeighborDay
May 16National Love a Tree Day#LoveATreeDay
May 16National Mimosa Day#MimosaDay
May 16National Piercing Day#NationalPiercingDay
May 16National Sea Monkey Day#NationalSeaMonkeyDay
May 17National Cherry Cobbler Day#CherryCobblerDay
May 17National Graduation Tassel Day#GraduationTasselDay
May 17National Pack Rat Day#NationalPackRatDay
May 17National Walnut Day#NationalWalnutDay
May 18Emergency Medical Services for Children Day #EMSForChildrenDay
May 18National Cheese Soufflé Day#NationalCheeseSouffleDay
May 18National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day#HIVVaccineAwarenessDay
May 18National Juice Slush Day #NationalJuiceSlushDay
May 18National No Dirty Dishes Day#NoDirtyDishesDay
May 18National Visit Your Relatives Day#NationalVisitYourRelativesDay
May 19National Devil’s Food Cake Day #DevilsFoodCakeDay
May 19National May Ray Day#NationalMayRayDay
May 20NASCAR Day#NASCARDay
May 20National Be a Millionaire Day#BeAMillionaireDay
May 20National Bike to Work Day#BikeToWorkDay
May 20National Defense Transportation Day #DefenseTransportationDay
May 20National Endangered Species Day #EndangeredSpeciesDay
May 20National Pick Strawberries Day#PickStrawberriesDay
May 20National Pizza Party Day #PizzaPartyDay
May 20National Quiche Lorraine Day#QuicheLorraineDay
May 20National Rescue Dog Day#NationalRescueDogDay
May 21National American Red Cross Founder’s Day#AmericanRedCrossFoundersDay
May 21National Armed Forces Day #ArmedForcesDay
May 21National Learn to Swim Day #LearnToSwimDay
May 21National Memo Day#NationalMemoDay
May 21National Strawberries and Cream Day#StrawberriesAndCreamDay
May 21National Waitstaff Day#NationalWaitstaffDay
May 21Take Your Parents To The Playground Day #TakeYourParentsToThePlaygroundDay
May 21Talk Like Yoda Day#TalkLikeYodaDay
May 22Harvey Milk Day#HarveyMilkDay
May 22International Day for Biological Diversity#DayForBiologicalDiversity
May 22National Buy a Musical Instrument Day#BuyAMusicalInstrumentDay
May 22National Maritime Day#NationalMaritimeDay
May 22National Solitaire Day#NationalSolitaireDay
May 22National Vanilla Pudding Day#VanillaPuddingDay
May 22World Paloma Day #WorldPalomaDay
May 23National Lucky Penny Day#LuckyPennyDay
May 23National Taffy Day#NationalTaffyDay
May 23World Turtle Day#TurtleDay
May 24Brother’s Day#BrothersDay
May 24National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day#AviationMaintenaceTechnicianDay
May 24National Escargot Day#NationalEscargotDay
May 24National Scavenger Hunt Day#ScavengerHuntDay
May 25National Brown-Bag It Day#BrownBagItDay
May 25National Missing Children’s Day#MissingChildrensDay
May 25National Senior Health & Fitness Day#SeniorHealthFitnessDay
May 25National Tap Dance Day#NationalTapDanceDay
May 25National Wine Day #NationalWineDay
May 25Sibling Appreciation Day#SiblingAppreciationDay
May 25Towel Day#TowelDay
May 26National Blueberry Cheesecake Day#BlueberryCheesecakeDay
May 26National Paper Airplane Day#PaperAirplaneDay
May 26World Lindy Hop Day#LindyHopDay
May 27National Cellophane Tape Day#CellophaneTapeDay
May 27National Cooler Day#NationalCoolerDay
May 27National Don’t Fry Day #DontFryDay
May 27National Grape Popsicle Day#GrapePopsicleDay
May 27National Road Trip Day#NationalRoadTripDay
May 27Sunscreen Protection Day#SunscreenProtectionDay
May 28National Brisket Day#NationalBrisketDay
May 28National Hamburger Day#NationalHamburgerDay
May 29Learn About Composting Day#LearnAboutCompostingDay
May 29National Coq Au Vin Day#NationalCoqAuVinDay
May 29National Heat Awareness Day#HeatAwarenessDay
May 29National Paperclip Day#NationalPaperclipDay
May 29Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day#PutAPillowOnYourFridgeDay
May 30Loomis Day#LoomisDay
May 30National Creativity Day#NationalCreativityDay
May 30National Hole In My Bucket Day#HoleInMyBucketDay
May 30National Memorial Day#MemorialDay
May 30National Mint Julep Day#MintJulepDay
May 30National Water a Flower Day#WaterAFlowerDay
May 30World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day#WorldMultipleSclerosisDay
May 31Autonomous Vehicle Day#AutonomousVehicleDay
May 31National Macaroon Day#NationalMacaroonDay
May 31National Save Your Hearing Day#SaveYourHearingDay
May 31National Smile Day#NationalSmileDay
May 31Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day#NecrotizingFasciitisAwareness
May 31World No Tobacco Day#NoTobaccoDay
Sources:
timeanddate.com, nationaldaycalendar.com, en.wikipedia.org, holidayscalendar.com, nationaltoday.com, checkiday.com, brownielocks.com

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June 2022 Holidays 

The complete list of holidays, observances, and fun, weird, and special dates for June 2022 can be found here: AngieGensler.com/June-Holidays

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To access the list of holidays for every month in 2022 and beyond, visit the Holidays index page.


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