325+ May Holidays in 2023 | Fun, Weird, and Special Dates

Are you looking for May holidays or special dates to celebrate on social media?

Are you a small business owner or marketer?

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

may 2023 holidays

Get ready for a fun-filled May with this comprehensive list of holidays and special observances!

From major holidays like Mother’s Day to more obscure celebrations like National Bike to Work Day, there’s always a fun holiday to celebrate on social media.

So start planning your social media posts and promotions now – your audience and customers will thank you for it!

From May 1-31, there are over 320 holidays and special observances to choose from!

Here are a few of the biggest and most fun holidays in May.

– Cinco de Mayo

– Mother’s Day

– National Wine Day

– World Cocktail Day

– Memorial Day

– Women’s Health Month

– Mental Health Awareness Month

– National Apple Pie

– National Shrimp Day

– Teacher Appreciation Week

national wine day

So whether you’re looking for traditional holidays to promote your business or just some fun and unique days to celebrate, this list has you covered.

Check out the full list of 2023 holidays in May below.

Mark your calendars and get ready to explore fun, weird, and special dates in May 2023. Happy May!

Why May 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.”

happy mothers day

Including holidays in your social media content is an easy way to increase engagement and reach. People are already talking about the holiday, so you need to join the conversation.

You can use holiday-related hashtags, post photos celebrating the holiday, run contests, or offer discounts or special promotions related to the holiday.

Not sure how to get started? Here are some ideas:

  • Share recipes for favorite dishes served on the holiday
  • Give tips on how to decorate for the holiday
  • Offer advice on entertaining during the holiday season
  • Share photos of employees or customers celebrating the holiday
  • Run a contest related to the holiday
  • Offer a discount on products or services related to the holiday

With this list of May holidays, you will be able to easily come up with social media content ideas for May that will resonate with your audience and help you increase engagement and reach on your social channels.

happy cinco de mayo

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 Media Content Club, our industry-leading social media software, is FULL of eye-catching images.

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Also, tack on a holiday-themed hashtag to make it easy for people to find your content, and use location tagging if you have a physical storefront.

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 for 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 Media Content Club 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 National Holidays in 2023

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 Public Holidays in 2023

This list contains public holidays and special observances in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

DateHolidayHashtagWhere Observed
May 1Early May Bank Holiday#BankHolidayUnited Kingdom
May 1May Day#MayDayAustralia
May 5Cinco de Mayo#CincodeMayoMexico / US
May 8Victory in Europe Day#VEDayUnited Kingdom
May 14Mother’s Day#MothersDayWorldwide
May 22National Patriots’ DayQuebec, Canada
May 22Victoria Day#VictoriaDayParts of Canada
May 26National Sorry Day#NationalSorryDayAustralia
May 29Memorial Day#MemorialDayUnited States
May 29Reconciliation Day#ReconciliationDayAustralia
May 29Spring Bank Holiday#BankHolidayUnited Kingdom

May Religious Holidays in 2023

May 9Lag BaOmer#lagbaomerJewish
May 18Ascension Day#ascensionChristian
May 19Jerusalem Day#jerusalemdayJewish
May 25Shavuot Eve#feastofshavuotJewish
May 26Shavuot#shavuotJewish
May 28Pentecost#pentecostChristian
May 29Whit Monday#whitmondayChristian
mental health awareness month

May Monthly Holidays in 2023

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 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 Weekly Holidays in 2023

April 30 – May 7Stewardship Week
May 1 – 7Children’s Book Week
May 1 – 7Sun Awareness Week
May 6 – 12National Nurses Week
May 6 – 7National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
May 7 – 13Be Kind To Animals Week
May 7 – 13Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
May 7 – 13Drinking Water Week
May 7 – 13International Compost Awareness Week
May 7 – 13National Correctional Officers Week
May 7 – 13National Hospital Week
May 7 – 13National Pet Week
May 7 – 13National Travel and Tourism Week
May 7 – 13North American Occupational Safety & Health Week
May 7 – 13Public Service Recognition Week
May 7 – 13Screen-Free Week
May 8 – 12Economic Development Week
May 8 – 12Teacher Appreciation Week
May 8 – 14International Coaching Week
May 11-17Brain Injury Awareness Week
May 12 – 21National Public Gardens Week
May 14 – 20Food Allergy Awareness Week
May 14 – 20Healthcare Documentation Integrity Week
May 14 – 20National Defense Transportation Week
May 14 – 20National Eosinophil Awareness Week
May 14 – 20National Police Week
May 14 – 20National Stuttering Awareness Week
May 14 – 20National Women’s Health Week
May 15 – 21American Craft Beer Week
May 15 – 21National Salvation Army Week
May 20 – 26National Safe Boating Week
May 21 – 27International Heritage Breeds Week
May 21 – 27National EMS Week (Emergency Medical Services)
May 21 – 27Public Works Week
May 22 – 28Healthy and Safe Swimming Week
May 24 – 30National Safe Sun Week
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May Daily Holidays in 2023

May 1Law Day#LawDay
May 1May Day#MayDay
May 1Melanoma Monday#MelanomaMonday
May 1National Chocolate Parfait Day#ChocolateParfaitDay
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 2International Harry Potter Day#InternationalHarryPotterDay
May 2National Brothers and Sisters Day#NationalBrothersAndSistersDay
May 2National Foster Care Day#FosterCareBlue
May 2National Life Insurance Day#LifeInsuranceDay
May 2National Truffle Day#NationalTruffleDay
May 2World Tuna Day#WorldTunaDay
May 3National Chocolate Custard Day#ChocolateCustardDay
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 Skilled Trades Day#SkilledTradesDay
May 3National Specially-abled Pets Day#SpeciallyAbledPetsDay
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 Day of Prayer#NationalDayOfPrayer
May 4National Day of Reason#NationalDayofReason.
May 4National Orange Juice Day#NationalOrangeJuiceDay
May 4National Renewal Day#NationalRenewalDay
May 4National Weather Observers Day#WeatherObserversDay
May 4Star Wars Day#NationalStarWarsDay
May 4World Password Day#WorldPasswordDay
May 5Cinco de Mayo#CincodeMayo
May 5International Space Day#SpaceDay
May 5National Astronaut Day#NationalAstronautDay
May 5National Cartoonists Day#NationalCartoonistsDay
May 5National Hoagie Day#NationalHoagieDay
May 5National Silence the Shame Day#SilenceTheShame
May 5National Space Day#NationalSpaceDay
May 5School Lunch Hero Day#SchoolLunchHeroDay
May 5Totally Chipotle Day#TotallyChipotleDay
May 6Free Comic Book Day#FreeComicBookDay
May 6International No Diet Day#NoDietDay
May 6Join Hands Day#JoinHandsDay
May 6Kentucky Derby#KentuckyDerby
May 6National Auctioneers Day#NationalAuctioneersDay
May 6National Beverage Day#NationalBeverageDay
May 6National Bombshells’ Day#BombshellsDay
May 6National Crepe Suzette Day#CrepeSuzetteDay
May 6National Fitness Day#NationalFitnessDay
May 6National Homebrew Day#NationalHomebrewDay
May 6National Nurses Day#NationalNursesDay
May 6National Scrapbook Day#NationalScrapbookDay
May 6National Start Seeing Monarchs Day#StartSeeingMararchsDay
May 6National Tourist Appreciation Day#TouristAppreciationDay
May 7National Barrier Awareness Day#BarrierAwarenessDay
May 7National Infertility Survival Day#InfertilitySurvivalDay
May 7National Packaging Design Day#PackagingDesignDay
May 7National Paste-Up Day#NationalPasteUp
May 7National Roast Leg of Lamb Day#RoastLegofLamb
May 7National Tourism Day#TourismDay
May 8National Coconut Cream Pie Day#CoconutCreamPieDay
May 8National Have A Coke Day#NationalHaveACokeDay
May 8National Student Nurse Day#NationalStudentNurseDay
May 8National Women’s Checkup Day#WomensCheckupDay
May 8Victory in Europe Day#VEDay
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 Teacher Appreciation Day#TeacherAppreciationDay
May 9World Fair Trade Day#FairTradeDay
May 10National Clean Up Your Room Day#CleanUpYourRoomDay
May 10National Lipid Day#NationalLipidDay
May 10National Receptionists’ Day#NationalReceptionistsDay
May 10National School Nurse Day#NationalSchoolNurseDay
May 10National Shrimp Day#NationalShrimpDay
May 10National Third Shift Workers Day#ThirdShiftWorkersDay
May 10National Washington Day#NationalWashingtonDay
May 11National Eat What You Want Day#EatWhatYouWantDay
May 11National Foam Rolling Day#NationalFoamRollingDay
May 11National Twilight Zone Day#NationalTwilightZoneDay
May 12International Nurses Day#InternationalNursesDay
May 12National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day#FibromyalgiaAwarenessDay
May 12National Limerick Day#NationalLimerickDay
May 12National Military Spouse Appreciation Day#MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay
May 12National Nutty Fudge Day#NationalNuttyFudgeDay
May 12National Odometer Day#NationalOdometerDay
May 12National Provider Appreciation Day#ProviderAppreciationDay
May 13Cornelia De Lange Syndrome Awareness Day#CorneliaDeLangeSyndromeAwarenessDay
May 13International Hummus Day#HummusDay
May 13International Migratory Bird Day#MigratoryBirdDay
May 13National Apple Pie Day#NationalApplePieDay
May 13National Archery Day#NationalArcherySchoolsProgram
May 13National Babysitter’s Day#NationalBabysittersDay
May 13National Birth Mother’s Day#NationalBirthMothersDay
May 13National Crouton Day#NationalCroutonDay
May 13National Dog Mom’s Day#DogMomsDay
May 13National Frog Jumping Day#FrogJumpingDay
May 13National Fruit Cocktail Day#FruitCocktailDay
May 13National Miniature Golf Day#NationalMiniGolfDay
May 13National Train Day#NationalTrainDay
May 13Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day#StampOutHungerFoodDrive
May 14National Buttermilk Biscuit Day#ButtermilkBiscuitDay
May 14National Dance Like a Chicken Day#DanceLikeAChickenDay
May 14National Decency Day#NationalDecencyDay
May 14National Underground America Day#UndergroundAmericaDay
May 14Mother’s Day#MothersDay
May 15National Chocolate Chip Day#ChocolateChipDay
May 15National Nylon Stocking Day#NylonStockingDay
May 15Peace Officers Memorial Day#PeaceOfficersMemorialDay
May 15International 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 Juice Slush Day#NationalJuiceSlushDay
May 17National Pack Rat Day#NationalPackRatDay
May 17National Walnut Day#NationalWalnutDay
May 18National Cheese Soufflé Day#NationalCheeseSouffleDay
May 18National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day#HIVVaccineAwarenessDay
May 18National No Dirty Dishes Day#NoDirtyDishesDay
May 18National Visit Your Relatives Day#NationalVisitYourRelativesDay
May 19National Bike to Work Day#BikeToWorkDay
May 19National Defense Transportation Day#DefenseTransportationDay
May 19National Devil’s Food Cake Day#DevilsFoodCakeDay
May 19National Endangered Species Day#EndangeredSpeciesDay
May 19National May Ray Day#NationalMayRayDay
May 19National Pizza Party Day#PizzaPartyDay
May 20National Armed Forces Day#ArmedForcesDay
May 20National Be a Millionaire Day#BeAMillionaireDay
May 20National Learn to Swim Day#LearnToSwimDay
May 20National Pick Strawberries Day#PickStrawberriesDay
May 20National Quiche Lorraine Day#QuicheLorraineDay
May 20National Rescue Dog Day#NationalRescueDogDay
May 21National American Red Cross Founder’s Day#AmericanRedCrossFoundersDay
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 Goth Day#WorldGothDay
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 24Emergency Medical Services for Children Day#EMSForChildrenDay
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 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 Cooler Day#NationalCoolerDay
May 26National Don’t Fry Day#DontFryDay
May 26National Paper Airplane Day#PaperAirplaneDay
May 26National Road Trip Day#NationalRoadTripDay
May 26World Lindy Hop Day#LindyHopDay
May 27National Cellophane Tape Day#CellophaneTapeDay
May 27National Grape Popsicle Day#GrapePopsicleDay
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 Memorial Day#MemorialDay
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 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 Senior Health & Fitness Day#SeniorHealthFitnessDay
May 31National Speak in Complete Sentences Day#NationalSpeakInCompleteSentencesDay
May 31National Smile Day#NationalSmileDay
May 31Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day#NecrotizingFasciitisAwareness
May 31World No Tobacco Day#NoTobaccoDay
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June 2023 Holidays 

The complete list of holidays, observances, and fun, weird, and special dates for June 2023 can be found here: AngieGensler.com/June-Holidays

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To access the list of holidays for every month in 2023 and beyond, visit the Holidays index page.


The month of May is packed with holidays and local observances that can be used as social media content.

From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day, there are plenty of holidays and ideas to help you get your social media posts seen by more people.

And don’t forget about using monthlyweekly, and daily observances to keep your social media calendar full!

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