Ten Events and Celebrations Your Family Won't Want to Miss in May

By Kara Murphy May 1, 2019

The grass is green, the flowers blooming, and spring is fully in bloom! There are so many to honor this month, from teachers and mothers to those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Here are 10 special family-friendly holidays and events you and your kids will want to mark in May:

National Foster Care Month

May marks the month when we recognize families making a meaningful difference in the lives of the more than 440,000 children in foster care throughout the United States. Find out more about the important work of fostering children. May 1-31

National Bike Month

Did you know that 40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles? That means we should all get on our bicycles more! Commit with your kids to ride your bikes as much as possible throughout May. And don't forget Bike to School Day on May 8! May 1-31

Free Comic Book Day

It's a happy coincidence that this year's free comic book day also falls on Star Wars Day, when fans celebrate the movie series with the phrase "May the fourth be with you." May 4

Cinco de Mayo

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday meant to mark the day the Mexican Army beat the French Army in the 1800s. In the United States, however, the day has turned into a giant celebration of Mexican-American culture, music, and cuisine. May 5

National Provider Appreciation Day

Just like teachers, child care providers have an enormous impact on our children's lives. It takes a village, after all. May 10

Mother's Day

It doesn't matter if the appreciation of the work you do comes in the form of a sticky hug, a handmade card, breakfast in bed, or an expensive gift. Know that you are loved today, and every day. May 12

Memorial Day

Today we remember those who died serving in the U.S. military. May 27

Kara Murphy is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie, Pa.