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Spring cleaners get their wish granted each year when National Clean Up Your Room Day arrives on May 10th. Children often dread this parent-appreciated day. Though, some years, the observance arrives with perfect timing for Mother’s Day!

However, the observance doesn’t only target kids. It is also about picking up, straightening up, and cleaning up the whole house. Adults take spring cleaning seriously, and homes get aired out. They organize, de-clutter, and rearrange. It’s time to fix the broken and match up missing parts, like with like. We tackle cluttered closets and donate or throw away those things we no longer use. Help your children make their beds, clean their rooms, and eliminate the toys and clothing they have outgrown.

The day helps garages, sheds, and cabinets see the light of day. Drawers, closets (did we say that already), and under the bed get thoroughly organized. Find ways to repurpose items around the house, too. Look at old things in new ways:

  • Use an old towel bar on your potting bench and hang S hooks to store your tools.
  • Broken dresser drawers become bookshelves or under-bed storage.
  • How many ways can you repurpose an unused wine rack?
    • storage for towels in the bathroom
    • take it to the craft area for all the small tools, glue and yarn
    • store water bottles and travel mugs
  • Tissue boxes make terrific storage for plastic bags, but they also work well for used dryer sheets. Reuse the dryer sheets to wipe down the washer and dryer to keep it dust-free and clean out the lint trap.
  • Use old magazine racks to store cutting boards, baking sheets, and other flat kitchen items. 
HOW TO OBSERVE #CleanUpYourRoomDay

Get ready to de-clutter! For everyone who waits for the right time to get started, the day has arrived. National Clean Up Your Room Day says so! Make a list and spend some time getting your home looking and feeling clean and fresh for summer. When you’ve accomplished that, post photos on social media using #CleanUpYourRoomDay.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this spruced-up day.



Each year on May 10th, National Shrimp Day recognizes America’s favorite seafood. Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, and this is the day to celebrate this delicious seafood.

We use the word “prawn” loosely to describe any large shrimp, sometimes known as “jumbo shrimp.”  Some countries use the word “prawn” exclusively for all shrimp.

Preparing the shrimp for consumption usually involves removing the head, shell, tail, and “sand vein.” There are many ways to cook shrimp. Standard methods of preparation include baking, boiling, broiling, sauteing, frying, and grilling. Cooking time is delicate for shrimp, and they are at their best when not overcooked.

A healthy food, shrimp, is low in calories and high in omega-3, calcium, iodine, and protein levels.  Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system.

 Popular North America Shrimp Dishes:
  • Seafood Gumbo:  A stew or soup that probably originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century.  Seafood gumbo typically consists of a strongly-flavored stock, shrimp and crab meat (sometimes oysters), a thickener, and seasoning vegetables. Cooks categorize Gumbo by the type of thickener used: okra, the Choctaw spice, file powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves), or roux, the French base made of flour and fat.
  • Shrimp CocktailThe Golden Gate served shrimp cocktails before any other restaurant. Their menu listed shrimp cocktails for .50 cents in 1959. It is now a Las Vegas cliché. Called the “Original Shrimp Cocktail” on the menu, it is a favorite among tourists and the locals. The original Shrimp Cocktail consists of a regular-sized sundae glass filled with small salad shrimp and topped with a dollop of cocktail sauce.
  • Shrimp DeJonghe: A specialty of Chicago, it is a casserole of the whole, peeled shrimp blanketed in soft, garlic, sherry-laced bread crumbs. Restaurants often serve it as an appetizer or a main course. It originated in the late 19th or early 20th century at the DeJonghe’s Hotel and Restaurant.
  • Shrimp Scampi: This dish has its own day on April 29, and it is cooked in butter, garlic, lemon juice, and white wine.

Shrimp and other shellfish are among the most common food allergens.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalShrimpDay

Celebrate this fantastic food day by making your favorite shrimp dish. Need some ideas?  As Bubba Blue from the movie Forest Gump would say, “Shrimp cocktail, shrimp scampi, fried shrimp, broiled shrimp, spicy shrimp…”  Be sure to share your favorite shrimp dish using #NationalShrimpDay.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this seafood holiday. No matter how we celebrate, though, we won’t skimp on the shrimp!

In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!



On May 10th, National Washington Day recognizes The Evergreen State.

In a ten-day period, President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation growing the nation by four new states. Washington would become the fourth of those and the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. During his tenure, two more would join the union.

The state’s history is filled with battles for possession over land. Some between countries and others for between individuals. The history of San Juan Island and the battle for its possession started over the death of a pig. While still a territory, Washington came to near blows over an eager settler, a boundary, and a potato-rooting English boar. Today it is known as the Pig War of 1859.

Obscure wars aside, Washington’s northwest beauty is dominated by other more earthshattering events and views. Volcanic mountains and rainforests fill the landscape. The Evergreen State’s views of the Pacific Ocean do not disappoint. From whale watching and city life, there is plenty to see and do in every corner of the state.

Some of the most peaceful and quiet places in the United States are found in Olympic National Park. One Square Inch of Silence helps to preserve and hopefully expand these naturally silent spaces on Earth. One location is marked by a single red stone along the Hoh River Trail.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWashingtonDay

Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate National Washington Day. We’ll seek solitude and the best cup of joe. Discover the snowiest mountain peaks and visit the best music spots. Explore Washington’s history and find an adventure. Use #NationalWashingtonDay to share on social media.



National Women’s Checkup Day on the second Monday in May each year focuses on the importance of regular routine visits for women.

As part of National Women’s Health Week, the observance provides ways to help women take steps to maintain better health. Routine health checkups provide an opportunity to catch problems before they become unmanageable. Speaking with your physician about risk factors, early signs and symptoms and concerns can help to alleviate minor daily issues and identify issues to watch. Additionally, your physician can recommend screenings and order baseline tests that can be used for comparison at a later time.

Yearly well-woman visits are important and should include discussions of your health habits and family history, setting health goals, and scheduling or receiving screenings or necessary exams.  Screening would include blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical cancer, and others.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WomensCheckupDay

Schedule a checkup if you haven’t had one recently. Make a list of concerns before you go as well as any family history important to note. Include on your list questions to ask your physician, too. There are simple ways to improve your health, too. Ask your doctor what is best for your lifestyle.   Use #WomensCheckupDay to post on social media.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promotes National Women’s Checkup Day and is part of National Women’s Health Week. For more information, visit women’s LIPID DAY – May 10


National Lipid Day on May 10th each year brings awareness to Dyslipidemia. Dyslipidemia is an abnormal amount of lipids (e.g. cholesterol and/or fat) in the blood.

In developed countries, most dyslipidemias are hyperlipidemias; that is, an elevation of lipids in the blood. This is often due to diet and lifestyle. Prolonged elevation of insulin levels can also lead to dyslipidemia. Likewise, increased levels of O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) may cause dyslipidemia. Dyslipidemia and is the major cause of Cardiovascular Disease worldwide.

Preventative measures including health education, emphasis on the role of physical activity, diet, and timely visits to a doctor all aid in living a healthy life. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLipidDay

Reduce your risks by taking a walk and increasing your physical activity every day. Educate yourself and speak with your physician. Maintain routine checkups to stay informed. Add more green, leafy vegetables to your diet, too. Find out more about taking steps to improve your health. Sometimes they’re simpler than you think. Share this by using #NationalLipidDay on social media.


Kunjan Singh and Sanjay Suri submitted National Lipid Day was submitted on behalf of Zydus Cadila.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day in April 2015, to be observed on May 10th, annually.

May 10th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

In Promontory, Utah, the final spikes complete the first transatlantic railroad. Arizona Governor Leland Stanford and Union Pacific Vice-President Thomas Durant drive the final golden and ceremonial spikes linking the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads.


The Equal Rights Party nominates Victoria Woodhull as the first woman candidate for president.


The United States observes Mother’s Day for the first time in Grafton, West Virginia.


Betamax, the first video cassette recorder, went on sale in Japan.

Recipe of the Day

Garlic Gazpacho

Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  This soup is served cold
Total Prep: 30 minutes
Servings: 12


2 cloves garlic
6 large tomatoes, peeled
1 large tomato, unpeeled
1 large onion
1 each green bell peppers
2 small cucumbers
½ cup olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
3 cups tomato juice, chilled
1 dash salt
1 dash cayenne pepper


In a food processor, blend peeled tomatoes and garlic.

Add 1/4 of peppers and 1/4 of onions and 1/2 of cucumber and blend. Chill mixture for 1 hour.

Chop the remaining tomato and julienne the remaining vegetables. Cover and chill.

Just before serving, blend olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and tomato juice in blender. Combine with chilled mixture.

Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with remaining vegetables.

Serve with crusty bread, such as a baguette.

May 10th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
John Wilkes Booth – 1838

On April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln while he was attending a play at Ford’s Theatre. Injured, Booth rode with co-conspirator David Herold to Dr. Samuel Mudd’s home in the early hours of the 15th before crossing into Virginia. Mudd performed surgery on Booth’s fractured leg and allowed both men to stay the night.

John Louis Clarke – 1881

Scarlet fever left John L. Clarke without hearing or vocal cords at the age of two. What the disease took away from Clarke was replaced with an artist’s touch. Clarke was 3/4 Blackfeet Indian and learned to carve and sculpt while attending schools for the deaf. His keenly detailed depictions of wildlife have been displayed in the Oval Office and exhibited around the world.

Fred Astaire – 1899

The legendary dancer, actor, and comedian Fred Astaire combined dazzling choreography with careful planning and lots of rehearsal to wow audiences. Studios often paired Astaire with Ginger Rogers, but he also performed with Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland, and Audrey Hepburn.

Thomas Lipton – 1850

In 1890, the self-made millionaire with a line of grocery stores in the United Kingdom, Sir Tomas Johnstone Lipton, developed his “Direct from tea garden to teapot” concept. By 1893, Lipton brought his product to the World’s Fair in Chicago.

Kay Petre – 1903

The Canadian-born racecar driver raced at Brooklands in the 1930s and broke several records during her career.

Maybelle Addington Carter – 1909

As a member of the Original Carter Family folk music group, Maybelle became respected for her instrumental skills with several instruments, including the autoharp, banjo, and guitar. In Grand Ole Opry circles, Carter was known as Mother Maybelle, and in 1970 the Country Music Hall of Fame elected her to its membership.

Dr. Ellen Ochoa – 1958

In 1993, the American engineer became the first Hispanic woman in space. Ochoa followed her nine-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery with three more space missions.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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