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Cinco De May’s deeply rooted history in the Franco-Mexican War influenced Mexican-Mexican American communities in the early years of the American Civil War. In the early 1860s, as the Civil War erupted, these communities took up the banner of the Cinco De Mayo celebration as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy. Today, in the United States, Americans celebrate Mexican-American heritage and pride annually on May 5th.

Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for “fifth of May.”

On June 7, 2005, the United States Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution. The resolution invited the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

According to José Alamillo, professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, a 2006 study found more than 150 official events celebrating the day.

Celebrations surrounding the observance in the United States take on a significance beyond that in Mexico. They include displaying of banners and events highlighting Mexican culture, music, and regional dancing. School districts also hold special events to educate students about its historical significance. In the U.S., commercial interests the day by celebrating Mexican products and services with an emphasis on beverages, food, and music.


Celebrate Mexican heritage, culture, and history. Explore foods and traditions, music, and cinema. Immerse yourself in the language and discover new connections. Uncover long lost history and share your treasures. Share your Mexican heritage and use #CincodeMayo to post on social media.


In 1861, the Battle of Puebla pitched 6,000 French troops against a small, under-supplied Mexican force of 2,000 men. Not expecting to win the campaign, the Mexican army overcame the French in under a day. While the battle didn’t win the war, the victory held great symbolism for Mexico during the Franco-Mexican War and buoyed the army throughout the conflict. Each year, Mexico commemorates the day with celebrations across the country, though it is not a federal holiday.

National Astronaut Day - May 5th


National Astronaut Day on May 5th each year celebrates Astronauts as true heroes. The day’s mission is to inspire ALL to “reach for the stars” by sharing “out of this world” Astronaut stories and experiences.

On May 5th, 1961, Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the first American in space aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule. The brief suborbital flight lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere. It was a milestone achievement and a trailblazing example of heroic bravery. This adventurous spirit is the essence of what National Astronaut Day is all about.

By sharing the incredible stories, experiences, and perspectives of actual Astronauts, the mission of National Astronaut Day inspires us ALL to follow our dreams. The day includes both future Astronauts and those who seek to keep their feet on the ground!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAstronautDay

Put on your space suit and practice your moonwalk. Are you ready for zero gravity? If not, just experience a little of the excitement of space. Learn about the history of space flight. Read about astronaut training or the biographies of astronauts. Some biographies to read include:

  • Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr
  • Two Sides of the Mood: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race by Alexei Leonov and David Scott
  • Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace and Second Chances by Leland D. Melvin
  • Find where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life by Mae C. Jemison

Also, watch a documentary or learn more about the International Space Station. While you are being inspired, be sure to invite someone to share the experience with you!

Visit the Official Website:

Share your favorite Astronaut stories. Use #WeBelieveInAstronauts & #NationalAstronautDay to post on social media.

Twitter/Facebook: @uniphispaceage, Instagram @nationalastronautday

You can also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!


uniphi space agency, a division of uniphi good LLC founded National Astronaut Day in 2016 to inspire everyone to reach for the stars!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the day to be observed on May 5th of each year.



On May 5th, National Silence the Shame Day brings an opportunity to continue the conversation about mental health and wellness and erase the stigma associated with mental illness.

Mental illness, like any other health concern, is diagnosed at different stages. It may have fewer symptoms from time to time and/or impact on our daily functioning. It is also important to know that mental illness is treatable and recovery is possible.

Unlike other areas of our health care, many people don’t have an affordable or accessible routine plan of care for mental health challenges. Individuals who may have access often suffer in silence due to the stigma of being diagnosed.

National Silence the Shame Day offers education and awareness, opening up conversations about mental health, wellness, mental illness, and recovery.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SilenceTheShame

DONATE: Text SILENCE to 707070 to benefit educational programs/awareness for mental health services.

Use #SilenceTheShame to share on social media on May 5th.

Sample Copy for post/video:

  • TODAY I am Silencing the Shame around mental health and donating to increase resources. Join me by texting the word SILENCE to 707070.
  • Today I will Silence the Shame around stigma in mental health! Please join us and text to give! $5 or $100, every amount helps! Text the word SILENCE to 707070.
  • Today I will Silence the Shame and not be afraid to talk about mental wellness! Please help me to raise awareness and funding by texting SILENCE to 707070.

Other ways to participate include:

  • Attend a mental health fair. They offer information about mental health conditions and how to care for your own mental health and wellness.
  • Visit the blog/hashtag at #SilenceTheShame for stories like yours. You’re not alone or the only one dealing with mental health concerns.
  • Request an assessment at your next checkup if you feel you may have mental health challenges.
  • Some employers offer free, confidential employee assistance programs that include counseling sessions.
  • Also, consider that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some kind of mental illness. A neighbor, family member, coworker, friend, church member, or classmate could be struggling with a mental illness. However, the stigma silences them.
  • Find out how you can make a difference to #SilenceTheShame by checking out the resources page.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24/7 free suicide hotline (1-800-273-8255). Here anyone can get help or get involved.  Also for confidential help, you can text the word Silence to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor from Crisis Text Line.

Visit to learn more and join the movement.


The Hip-Hop Professional Foundation, IncSilence the Shame Logo. founded Silence the Shame Day on May 5, 2017, to increase positive awareness and education concerning mental illnesses and to encourage open discussion about mental health.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Silence the Shame Day to be observed in 2018.

About Shanti Das

Shanti Das is an accomplished entertainment executive, consultant, entrepreneur, mentor, author, and Philanthropist.

Shanti is a 27-year veteran in the entertainment business. Her music industry career (intern to Executive Vice President) included positions at Capitol Records, LaFace Records, Columbia Records, Sony Urban Music and Universal Motown where she worked directly with some of music’s top talent like Outkast, Usher, Prince, TLC, Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, and more.

An advocate for many social issues and service projects for the past 9 years, she decided to establish her very own nonprofit, The Hip-Hop Professional Foundation, Inc. The mission of the foundation is: To empower and enrich the lives of those in underserved communities around mental health, youth empowerment, and poverty.

The foundation’s mental health movement is Silence the Shame. Shanti has suffered from depression over the years and has also experienced loved ones affected by mental health disorders. With Silence the Shame, she hopes to peel back the layers of shame and stigma as it relates to mental health.



Observed on May 5th each year, National Cartoonists day honors all those creative ink-stained artists, past and present, and the fascinating pieces they have created. Throughout the years, their talents bring humor, entertainment into our lives while provoking thought and debate, too.

American comic strip writer and artist, Richard Outcault (January 14, 1863 – September 25, 1928) is considered the inventor of the modern comic strip.  At 15 years of age, he studied for three years at the McMicken University’s School of Design in Cincinnati. Outcault created the comic strips The Yellow Kid and Buster Brown.

Outcault was a 2008 Judges’ Choice inductee into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

On Sunday, May 5, 1895, the readers of the New York World discovered an exciting new addition in their morning paper. On the pages, they found Outcault’s full-color drawings featuring a big-eared, barefoot little boy with a mischievous grin. The first color installment of the cartoon called Hogan’s Alley would later become known as The Yellow Kid and was the first commercially successful cartoon icon.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCartoonistsDay

Are you a cartoonist? Share your work with the world. Give a shout-out to your favorite cartoonist. Enjoy your favorite cartoon and use #NationalCartoonistsDay to post on social media.

Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects designed to #CelebrateEveryDay!


In 1990, the National Cartoonists Society proclaimed May 5th as National Cartoonists Day.

NATIONAL SKILLED TRADES DAY - First Wednesday In May (1)


The first Wednesday in May educates us about National Skilled Trades Day.

Across the nation, many businesses require highly skilled workers to fill a multitude of trades in the healthcare, construction, manufacturing/industry, and service categories. Learn trades in a variety of fields from machinery and construction to medical and beauty. Whether you’re interested in being a chef or mechanic, working as a medical coder or helping others as an Emergency Medical Technician, a nursing aide or a vet tech, choices are available.

Jobs A-Plenty!

There are more jobs than workers, too! And the trend will continue for the next couple of decades. Therefore, National Skilled Trades Day is important today and in the future. Baby boomers retire faster than companies can fill job openings increasing the demand for skilled workers. Pair the drastic costs of a college degree making education unattainable for many and a skilled trade becomes the smart alternative.

Earn Now!

Those in skilled trades often only need a certification to start their career, which means they can begin earning with little to no debt from education. Our society has a hard time accepting the skilled trades route as a valuable career path. National Skilled Trades Day aims to raise awareness and help show America the value of skilled trades. If we are going to create growth in our country, we must celebrate the critical jobs that fall under Skilled Trades.


It’s rewarding to roll up your sleeves and put in an honest day’s work. In the skilled trades, you can have a career that offers excellent pay, benefits, healthcare, and more. Whether working in the heating and cooling ventilation industry or cutting hair, skilled trades occupations won’t be replaced by machines or outsourced. They are in higher demand than ever before.

The skilled trades community holds the country together. We call these very people to fix our cars, install new toilets, build our homes, take our blood, and make sure our pets are healthy. So, on the first Wednesday of May, celebrate those in the skilled trades – it’s a true labor of love.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSkilledTradesDay

For Schools
  • Get the word out about the need for skilled trades workers and the benefits of learning a trade. Skilled trades are the college alternative.
  • Encourage community support for students and parents who are considering going into skilled trades fields. Let them know the value of the benefits and instill a sense of pride for those who chose to lead lives in a skilled trades field. It’s a noble career path with benefits equal to a traditional four-year degree.
  • Career and technical centers can host open houses and/or career and job fairs.
  • Introduce the trades early. Elementary schools can have a “Dress Up as Your Favorite Skilled Trades Worker” Day.
  • Find room in the school budget for shop class.
  • Schedule a field trip to a construction site or small business.
  • Create classroom projects geared toward skilled trades.
For Businesses
  • Get the word out about the need for skilled trades workers and the benefits of learning a trade. Contact local radio and television stations and newspapers. The community needs to hear you are looking for skilled trades workers.
  • Host an open house at your place of employment.
  • Have breakfast or lunch catered for your employees.
  • Highlight your employees on social media: Why did they pick a career in the skilled trades? What life lessons have they learned in their years working in skilled trades?
For those in the Skilled Trades
  • Share your trade with someone you know.
  • Post about the day on social media.
  • Volunteer to speak at a career fair.
For Communities
  • If you see someone in a uniform, be sure to thank them.
  • If you own a store or restaurant, consider giving a discount to those who visit in uniform on National Skilled Trades Day.
  • Teach your children and grandchildren that skilled trades are the college alternative. Not everyone needs to go to college. Many technical schools provide the science, math and technology training required for any skills required.

Use #NationalSkilledTradesDay to share your experience in your trade, or follow the day on social media at @CMTCompanies on Facebook or Twitter or @NationalDayCalendar on Facebook and @NationalDayCal on Twitter.

For more information and resources, visit

NATIONAL SKILLED TRADES DAY HISTORYNational Skilled Trades Day logo with no year

City Machine Technologies, Inc. founded National Skilled Trades Day to bring awareness to the skilled trades shortage facing the United States. It is also a day to celebrate those important workers employed as a skilled tradesperson. As a family-owned and operated industrial repair shop in Youngstown, Ohio, City Machine Technologies has experienced a labor shortage and is concerned about the future of their business as well as others in the manufacturing industry. Rather than sit back and wait for the culture to change, CMT decided to spur change and shed a positive light on the skilled trades through awareness and special events like National Skilled Trades Day.

In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Skilled Trades Day to be observed on the first Wednesday in May annually.



Each year on May 5th, National Totally Chipotle Day celebrates right alongside Cinco de Mayo and is dedicated to the chipotle, a smoked, dried jalapeno pepper.

There are different varieties of jalapenos and they vary in size and heat. At one time, chipotles were primarily found in the markets of central and southern Mexico.  As Mexican foods became more popular in the more northern areas of North America, the jalapeno production and processing expanded north into the United States.

Chipotles are often an essential ingredient and add a mild spiciness to many different dishes in Mexican cuisine. While you expect to find them in salsas and other sauces, don’t hesitate to use them in other ways, too. Add them to soups and marinades if you want to bring the heat to a dish. Bean or lentil dishes shine when you add chipotle to them. Do you like sweet and spicy flair? Add chipotle to your jellies. When pairing chipotle with a slice of smoky cheese, you won’t be disappointed. Top it on a grilled bbq chicken pizza to wow guests.

You can even add it to desserts for a surprising but delicious twist. For example, homemade dark chocolate ice cream with the hint of smoky chipotle in every bit is a real winner. You can turn down the heat by removing the seeds and membrane or leave them in for a more exciting experience.

HOW TO OBSERVE #TotallyChipotleDay

What’s your favorite chipotle dish? Celebrate the day by mixing up dips, marinades, sides and more! Be sure to share by using #TotallyChipotleDay to post on social media.


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



It may go by many names, but on May 5th, National Hoagie Day celebrates a hero of a sandwich!

Besides a hero, the hoagie goes by several other aliases. The sub, grinder, Italian, torpedo, or baguette are just a few of its many names. Some of those names give a hint as to how we make a hoagie, too. We cut a long Italian roll or French bread lengthwise and fill it with various meats, cheeses, vegetables, seasonings, and sauces. Pile it high with your own combination of fillings and enjoy it either hot or cold.

About the Word “Hoagie”

In 1953, Italians working at the World War I-era shipyard in Philadelphia known as Hog Island packed their lunch to work every day. They introduced the sandwich by putting different meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread. It was referred to as the “Hog Island” sandwich, which they later shortened to the “hoagie.”

A different explanation is offered by the Philadelphia Almanac and Citizen’s Manual. They believe early 20th-century street vendors called “hokey-pokey-men” created the sandwich.

Yet another theory is that the word “hoagie” arose in the late 19th to early 20th century among the Italian community in South Philadelphia. The phrase “on the hoke” was used as slang to describe a destitute person. Deli owners gave away scraps of meat and cheese on an Italian roll known as a “hokie.” However, Italian immigrants pronounced it “hoagie.”

In 1992, former Philadelphia mayor (and later Pennsylvania governor) Ed Rendell declared the hoagie the Official Sandwich of Philadelphia.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHoagieDay

Oh, you can celebrate this day in so many ways!

  • Pick up a party-size hoagie for the office.
  • Experiment with your stack. Mix and match your fixings for the perfect hoagie.
  • Mayo, mustard, sriracha, avocado, BBQ, aioli, hummus. What’s your spread?
  • Swap out your hoagie bun for a pretzle bun.
  • Host a hoagie challenge. Who made it best?

No matter how you celebrate, share your creations using #NationalHoagieDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sandwich holiday. While we do, we’ll have a sandwich or two.

National Interpreter Appreciation Day - First Wednesday in May


There are about 6,500 languages in the world and on any given day, we’re bound to come in contact with more than one of them. National Interpreter Appreciation Day on the first Wednesday of May celebrates the experts who connect those who want to communicate but they don’t speak the same language. They also translate for government services, businesses, hospitals, organizations, and more. Interpreters learn many different languages including Spanish, French, Arabic, Mandarin, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, and Sign Language in many different forms.

Interpreters come in many forms:
  • Simultaneous Interpreters – This type of interpreter will translate what is being said as the person is speaking. News conferences, government meetings, and other large gatherings may require simultaneous interpretation.
  • Consecutive Interpreters – Interpreters translate speech during pauses usually in smaller settings or between two people. It mimics dialogue.
  • Whisper Interpreters – The interpreter translates live, but quietly, usually in a faith setting. They usually sit near those who need to hear the translation. Or, in the case of a sign language interpreter, will stand where they can clearly be seen.
  • Phone Interpreters – Interpreters provide interpret between two or more parties on the phone. Usually, an interpreter provides the service as a third party for businesses, government services, and other services.

National Interpreter Appreciation Day encourages us to show our appreciation to the interpreters we know or encounter. Their ability to translate even one language is an awe-inspiring accomplishment. Some interpreters translate several more!

HOW TO OBSERVE #InterpreterAppreciationDay

Language doesn’t have to be a barrier. That’s why we celebrate interpreters! We appreciate their ability to connect us and keep us connected to each other and the world. When you encounter an interpreter, give them your undivided attention. Let them know you admire their skill and dedication. Recommend their services and give them a shout-out, too! And don’t forget to use #InterpreterAppreciationDay on social media.

National Interpreter Appreciation Day History

In 2013, Joshua Jones started a Facebook page for Interpreter Appreciation Day as an annual reminder to celebrate the talented and often under pressure professionals who keep the dialogue flowing when two cultures meet.



National Bike to School Day each year encourages students and classrooms to celebrate the energy of National Bike Month. The observance built on the popularity of National Walk to School Day, which is celebrated each October. It creates opportunities for schools across the nation to join together and support bike safety for students and faculty. 

The initiative focuses on healthy lifestyles, safety, and fostering community participation. Schools and the surrounding neighborhoods participate in the campaign by raising awareness of traffic rules, increasing physical activity in our daily lives, and including neighborhood awareness to share the road with cyclists. 

Each year, the program provides campaign materials and event ideas to help guide educators, too. Some activities include:

  • Group rides
  • Learning signals and traffic rules
  • Equipment safety checks
  • Healthy living, healthy breakfasts

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBikeToSchoolDay

Join the movement! Bike to school or around your neighborhood. Practice safe cycling while getting out and about in your neighborhood. Enjoy physical activity and friendship, too! The best way to celebrate this day is to bike to school! You can also organize an activity at your school about bike safety or create a bicycling group. Share your activities by using #NationalBikeToSchoolDay to post on social media.


In coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month, the first National Bike to School Day was celebrated on May 9, 2012.  Nearly 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia encouraged children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

In 2013, more than 1,700 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, participated in events, which took place throughout the month

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May 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Pitching for the Boston Americans, Cy Young completed the first perfect game in modern baseball history. He also pitched a no-hitter, leading the Americans to a 3-0 Boston win.


Aboard the Freedom 7, astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space. He was selected from among seven men in the Mercury space program for the mission.


Moneta Sleet Jr. was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his photo of Coretta Scott King during the funeral of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., the assassinated civil rights activist. Moneta Sleet Jr. was the first African American photographer awarded the prize.


Secretariat breaks a racing record at Kentucky Derby with a winning time of 1:29 2/5. In the coming months, Jockey Ron Turcotte would ride Secretariat to Triple Crown history, winning the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

Recipe of the Day


Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep:  45 minutes
Servings:  6


8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces cheese
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
4 eggs beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk


Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

Grease a 9-inch tart or quiche pan.

Line the bottom of the pan with cheese and bacon.

Combine and whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour into the pan.

Bake for 35 minutes until set.

May 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Nellie Bly – 1864

Born Elizabeth Cochran in Cochran Mills, Bly made a name for herself when she went undercover as a mental patient on Blackwell’s Island as an investigative journalist for the New York World. The exposè led to real change in the New York City mental health system. The World also sent Bly on a Jules Verne-style journey around the world, inspired by the author’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days.

Charles Albert Chief Bender – 1884

In 1903, the right-handed pitcher out-pitched Boston’s Cy Young for the Philadelphia Athletics wins. He would bring home three World Series Championships and in the 1911 World Series, Bender pitched three complete games.

Dorothy Annie Elizabeth Garrod – 1892

The pioneering archaeologist is most noted for her work during the 1930s including excavations in Mount Carmel, Palestine. One important discovery included the first-ever female Neanderthal skeleton outside of Europe.

James Beard – 1903

Had James Beard been a better actor, the face of American cuisine might have an entirely different quality. Beard’s call to the culinary world led to more than a dozen cookbooks, The James Beard Cooking School, cooking shows and inspired chefs and amateur cooks.

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins – 1988

The award-winning British singer-songwriter gained prominence in the 2000s with hits like “Chasing Pavements” and “Someone Like You.”

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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