Category: May 04



    National Self-Employed Day on May 4 honors the dedicated individuals that bravely venture out to create their own business to support themselves, their families, and their community.


    Self-employed business owners are amongst the hardest working individuals you’ll ever meet. They  continuously strive to meet their goals to be successful. The self-employed business owner never quits and faces every obstacles they encounter head on. In fact, there is very little that can stop a self-employed business owner from succeeding. 

    What Does Self-Employed Mean?

    Being self-employed means a person does not work for a specific employer or business. Instead, they work for themselves and earn their income by doing business directly. Even though self-employment provides more job flexibility and freedom, it also requires a lot of commitment and dedication. A self-employed person must devote valuable time and energy to earn their wages and pay their bills.

    Controlling Your Destiny

    As a self-employed individual, you are in complete control of your destiny. Your passion to move forward and become an independent employee enables you to take your dream as far as you want. You have creative control over your ideas and how you want to implement them. In fact, you choose your own work environment, which includes whether or not you want or need employees to help you on your journey.

    Establishing self-employment allows you to grow your knowledge and fine-tune your skill set. Your learning curve never ends because being self-employed gives enough variety in your daily routine to allow constant growth. In fact, self-employment helps you build and create your own network of clients.

    Network building when you are self-employed is an important piece of your success. By increasing your network, you learn more about business than your realize from your peers. In addition, you learn from their successes and failures, which help you make better decisions for yourself in the long run. A good, strong network brings a group of like-minded people together, yourself included, that encourage, help, and assist each other as your businesses grow.


    • Learn about how to become self-employed.
    • Take a class about owning a business.
    • Support the local self-employed business owners in your community.
    • Take a self-employed friend or family member out to dinner to celebrate their accomplishments.
    • Offer to speak at a start-up networking gathering to share your experience with others who are looking to start a new business to become self-employed.
    • Lend a helping hand to a self-employed friend or family member by offering to file paperwork, answer phones, or look up contact information for potential clients.
    • Treat yourself to a little self-care time if you are a self-employed individual.
    • Share your love and support for the self-employed person in you life using #NationalSelfEmployedDay on social media.


    In 2022, National Day Calendar formed a partnership with Jeffrey Shaw, the founder of The Self-Employed Business Institute. The collaboration created National Self-Employed Day to be celebrated each year on May 4.

    Jeffrey Shaw is the founder of the Voices of the Self-Employed advocacy group and The Self-Employed Business Institute. He is also the creator of The Self-Employed Summit. He is a well-known leader and advocate for self-employed business owners. As a speaker and small business coach, Jeffrey helps self-employed and small business owners gain control of their business in what seems like otherwise uncontrollable circumstances. Drawing on his experience as a renowned portrait photographer, Jeffrey shows business owners how to see business through a different lens. He shares strategies to compose the often-chaotic pieces of life and business into sustainable success.

    In addition, Jeffrey is also a sought-after keynote speaker whose TEDxLincolnSquare talk is featured on He has a passion for bringing his message to audiences through live and virtual presentations.

    Printed Publications

    • The Self-Employed Life: Business and Personal Development Strategies That Create Sustainable Success
    • LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible.


    Each year on the first Thursday in May, World Password Day promotes better password habits. Passwords are critical gatekeepers to our digital identities, allowing us to access online shopping, dating, banking, social media, private work, and life communications.

    In a cyber world, secure passwords are important. Other than keeping your information offline, long, unique and complex passwords protect your valuable information best. Another tactic is changing your passwords every few months or any time you think your accounts have been compromised. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldPasswordDay

    Take the #WorldPasswordDay pledge and share these password tips on social media, too:

    • change an old password to a long, strong one 
    • turn on two-factor authentication for your important accounts
    • password protect your wireless router
    • don’t store passwords on your computer or phone
    • log off when you’re done with a program
    • periodically remove temporary internet files


    Security researcher Mark Burnett first encouraged people to have a “password day,” where they update important passwords in his 2005 book Perfect Passwords. Inspired by his idea, Intel Security took the initiative to declare the first Thursday in May World Password Day in May 2013. Submitted by Big Monocle in 2016, Password Day is meant to create awareness of the need for good password security. 

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar has designated the first Thursday of May of each year as World Password Day. 

    About Big Monocle

    Founded in 2012, Big Monocle designs creative branding and marketing that tells impactful stories. Their growing, energetic team of talented professionals focus on developing experiences and connecting with every client.

  • BIRD DAY – May 4

    We honor our feathered friends on several holidays called Bird Day in the United States. The day celebrates birds of all kinds across North America.

    With over 2,000 species of birds in North America, birdwatchers and nature lovers alike will appreciate the beauty and variety of these winged friends offer. From songbirds to waterfowl and domesticated birds, they come in every color of plumage and wingspan.

    During the spring, migrating birds move to their summer nesting grounds. It’s an excellent time for those new to birdwatching to learn to identify birds by species. Enthusiasts also know that birds will migrate through backyards and stop for a rest, a bite to eat, and a drink if the right habitat is provided. They stand prepared by their windows with binoculars and watch as new visitors arrive daily. Whether it’s an oriole, a tree swallow, the ruby-throated hummingbird, or an American Finch, you’ll want to make sure you’ve prepared food, natural habitat and water sources for your guests.

    However, it’s not just the passersby that get birdists excited. It’s the long term residents and those of the greater outdoors. Year after year they watch robins collect their nesting material or chickadees caring for their brood. They wander through nature preserves seeking a glimpse of a varied thrush or a prairie warbler. When they do, they are often graced with a privileged view of a bald eagle soaring above them.


    Enjoy the pleasure of viewing and listening to the birds in your neighborhood. Share your favorite birdwatching experiences. While you’re out and about, take photos. As you do, promote habitat conservation and preservation using #BirdDay to post on social media.


    Charles Almanzo Babcock, Oil City, Pennsylvania Superintendent of Schools, established the first Bird Day in 1894. It was also the first holiday in the United States dedicated to the celebration of birds. Babcock founded the day, observed annually on May 4th, to advance bird conservation as a moral value.

    Relevant Observances



    National Weather Observers Day on May 4th provides a day for the people who enjoy watching and observing the weather.

    Weather observers often assist the National Weather Service as Storm Spotters. These hobbyists are valuable resources for communities.  This day is also an opportunity to get out and learn about a variety of weather phenomena, the history of weather tracking, and find about meteorological instruments.

    When is Skywarn Recognition Day?

    Around the world, weather stations and weather spotters contribute to hundreds of thousands of observations a day. From land, sea, and sky, these observations provide valuable information that helps predict weather and warn of impending storms. They also contribute to historical data that is studied and may help to better understand weather phenomena.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WeatherObserversDay

    While you’re exploring the weather, sign up for a weather spotters course. Learn how to identify different types of clouds, shifting weather, and prepare for types of weather in your climate. Use #WeatherObserversDay to post on social media.

    You can also learn how to make your own barometer. It is easy to do with only a few items you likely have at home. We also created this weather chart you can download and print. Will you begin tracking the weather near you?

    Visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for more ways to help your students to #CelebrateEveryDay!


    In 1989, Alan Brue, who was a psychology major at State University of New York, founded National Weather Observers Day on May 4th. The New York college senior created the day for weather enthusiasts and professionals to celebrate their love of weather.


    May 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    T.F. Rowland received U.S. Patent No. 89,794 for the first offshore oil-drill rig.


    Construction begins on the Panama Canal.


    The first-ever Grammy Awards ceremonies took place bi-coastally. The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York co-hosted the events. Winners included Ella Fitzgerald, David Seville and the Chipmunks, Frank Sinatra, and the Kingston Trio.


    At 1,451 feet, the Sears Tower in Chicago becomes the world’s tallest building.

    May 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Julia Gardiner Tyler – 1820

    The “Rose of Long Island” became the 11th First Lady of the United States when she wed President John Tyler in a private ceremony in New York on Jun 26, 1844. President Tyler’s first wife, Lady Letitia Tyler had died in September 1841.

    Frank Conrad – 1874

    With over 200 patents to his name and an insatiable interest in the radio, “The Father of Radio Broadcasting” paved the way for the first commercial radio station.

    Audrey Hepburn – 1929

    The award-winning British actress created a lasting impact around the world in classic roles such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, and Sabrina.

    Keith Haring – 1958

    The American pop artist’s colorful graffiti panels gained prominence in the 1980s. Haring also used his art as social activism, conveying political and social themes.



    National Candied Orange Peel Day is observed annually on May 4th. Candied Orange Peels are a boiled, sliced and sugared treat.

    Chefs and bakers like using them to add bright flavor to dishes as well as beautiful garnishes. Often used in holiday baking such as cookies and fruitcakes, they also add flavor to other foods as well. Add them to granola, tarts, and other pastries. You can also enjoy them as a snack on their own.

    Dip the candied orange peel in milk or dark chocolate for a decadent candy. Not only is it delicious but it’s also a fanciful gift anyone would appreciate.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CandiedOrangePeelDay

    Have you ever enjoyed candied orange peel? Pick up some fresh oranges and reserve the rinds to make this treat at home. There are so many ways to use it and it can be frozen to save any extra.

    We even have a couple of recipes for you to try.

    DIY Candied Orange Peel
    Devine Candied Orange Peel

    Use #CandiedOrangePeelDay to post on social media.


    Our research was unable to locate the creator of National Candied Peel Day.



    On May 4th National Orange Juice Day recognizes America’s most popular breakfast drink. Orange juice holds a large margin over second-place apple juice, too. People have been waking up to a glass of orange juice for many years and enjoying the health benefits it gives them.

    One 8 ounce serving of orange juice has 124 mg of vitamin C and also supplies potassium, thiamine, and folate. That little bit of sunshine in the morning can add a boost to your day. Get your orange juice fresh squeezed, bottled or in concentrated form in the freezer section. You can also enjoy orange juice blends for delicious combinations.

    The United States is second only to Brazil in the production of orange juice, and they’re second only to Canda in consumption.

    Another excellent way to add orange juice to your diet if you are watching your sugar intake is to include it as an ingredient in a recipe. Orange juice adds great flavor to smoothies, whole-grain waffles or french toast.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOrangeJuiceDay

    Enjoy a nice cold glass of orange juice with your breakfast. Which do you prefer – extra pulp or no pulp versions? Orange juice producers offer both to satisfy all our needs. Share your favorite recipes using orange juice, too. Use #NationalOrangeJuiceDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this fruity holiday.





    Observed annually on May 4th, National Renewal Day provides an opportunity for new beginnings.

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, renewal is defined as “the state of being made new, fresh, or strong again: the state of being renewed.”

    The day has been correctly placed in the spring when plants are sprouting. The day strives to reinvigorate us after a long winter.  Whether we choose to refresh our souls or replace our old rugs with new, we are charged with setting to work polishing up our state of being.

    Where the house might need to be infused with a little fresh air, our friendships might need some reconnection to renew them.  Has the romance gone stale? Add a spark and bring some new life to it. Has the diet seen better days?  Find a little color to add to it, and you might find a little pep in your step to renew yourself.

    Whatever your approach to this day is, remain confident and National Renewal Day will be a success.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRenewalDay

    What will you renew? At the beginning of the year, many people made resolutions. Perhaps it renewing your commitment to those goals on Renewal Day will bring you closer to satisfying those resolutions. Other ideas for this holiday include:

    • Renewing your faith. No matter your faith, recommitting yourself to spiritual care, prayer, and mediation offer many rewards.
    • Refresh your outlook. If you find mornings to be difficult, change what makes them troublesome.
    • Change your view. Whether it’s the route you take to work or where you sit at the dining table, get a look at the world from another angle. You might discover something new or find something you lost.
    • Reconnect. Contact friends, family, and former co-workers. Strike up a conversation and catch up.
    • Revive an old hobby. While some of us may be a little rusty at first, we will be happy we took the time.

    Share your ideas for renewal and use #NationalRenewalDay to post on social media.


    Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Renewal Day.

  • NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY – May 4 (May The Fourth Be With You)


    May the Fourth be with you each year on National Star Wars Day. Or is it, “May the force be with you?” It all depends on whether you like using puns or not.

    Thousands of Star Wars enthusiasts celebrate this day each year with parties and celebrations around the nation.  If you a fan, then National Star Wars Day allows you to dress like your favorite character, say your favorite lines from the series and catch a movie or read a book.

    Star Wars fans didn’t first introduce the often quoted phrase on May 4th. It was 1979, and Britain elected the first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. On May 4th, the day she took office, the Conservative Party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News, which read, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

    Star Wars creator, George Lucas, was asked during a 2005 interview on a German news TV channel to say the famous sentence “May the Force Be with You.”   Upon doing so, the interpreter interpreted the sentence into German as Am4 Mai sind wir bei Ihnen (On May 4 we are with you). TV Total captured this and aired it on May 18, 2005.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStarWarsDay

    • Wear your Wookie costume.
    • Bring your lightsaber to school or the office.
    • Greet people with “May The Fourth Be With You”.
    • Watch some Star Wars films.
    • Play Star Wars trivia.
    • Make some outer space snacks.
    • Use #NationalStarWarsDay to post on social media.


    National Star Wars Day was first organized in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011. Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. May 4th was chosen because of the play on words.

    May The Fourth Be With You FAQs

    Q) What is this National Star Wars Day all about?
    A) It is all about the ultimate fun Star Wars fans can have as they Celebrate Every Day.

    Q) Is there a Lost & Found department?
    A) No! We are strictly a digital experience at this point in time.

    Q) What would happen if C-3PO really lost R2-D2?
    A) While we are not 100% certain of the what; May the 4th be with him as he searches the galaxy.

    Q) Star Wars Day has been around for a bit of time now. Will it last?
    A) Last it will difficult to see, yes.

    Q) Speaking of Yoda, does he have family?
    A) Family he has not. Long life on Star Wars Day change bring.

  • NATIONAL DAY OF REASON – First Thursday in May


    National Day of Reason is observed each year on the first Thursday in the month of May. The observance originated in 2003 in response to the perceived unconstitutional National Day of Prayer. According to the organizers of the day, the National Day of Prayer, “violates the First Amendment of The United States Constitution because it asks federal, state and local government entities to set aside tax dollar supported time and space to engage in religious ceremonies.”

    The First Amendment of the United States Constitution reads:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    The day is a secular observance for atheists, humanists, and secularists set to coincide with the National Day of Prayer. It acknowledges that celebration occurs for those who do not recognize God or an established religion or faith.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDayOfReason

    Several organizations host celebrations, food drives, and blood donations in honor of the day. Share your celebration ideas using #NationalDayofReason.


    The National Day of Reason was created in 2003 by the American Humanist Association and the Washington Area Secular Humanists. For more information visit

  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER – First Thursday in May


    The National Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday in May. This day observance, designated by the United States Congress, asks people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” 

    For many, prayer is an integral part of daily life. Prayer offers a rich connection to our spiritual lives, nurturing our relationships and faith. It also provides comfort in times of crisis or need. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDayOfPrayer

    People of many different faiths join in prayer on this day. While some will attend the church, synagogue, mosque, temple or monasteries of their choice to pray, others will attend interdenominational prayer events. Some will join prayer groups or meditate. Use #NationalDayOfPrayer to post on social media.


    In the early 1950s, an evangelical movement called for Congress and the President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer. The movement grew and a young leader, Evangelist Billy Graham, led services for approximately 20,000 on the steps of the Capitol on February 3, 1952. Later that year, Congress proclaimed a joint resolution for a National Day of Prayer. President Harry S. Truman proclaimed a National Day of Prayer to be observed on July 4, 1952. Each year since that date, Americans have observed the day in their own way. The observance moved to the first Thursday in May by President Ronald Reagan and has been proclaimed each year since.

    As a Nation, presidents and government officials have called for national days of prayer or thanks intermittently since before the country’s existence. 

    • July 20, 1775 – The Continental Congress issued a proclamation recommending “a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer” be observed.
    • In 1795 –  George Washington proclaimed a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.
    • May 9, 1798 – John Adams declared this day as “a day of solemn humility, fasting, and prayer.”
    • March 1863 –  On March 3 Abraham Lincoln signed a Congressional resolution, during the Civil War, which called for April 30, 1863, as a day of fasting and prayer.

    For more information on National Day of Prayer visit the website