Marketing Strategy, Social Media

May 2024 Holidays to Inspire Your Content Marketing

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When it comes to holidays to include in your content planning, the list of possibilities are endless. From spicy margs to puppies, every day seems to commemorate something, if not many things, and we want to help pare down what might be important to your business. 

Insert our list of national holidays and observances that covers diversity and inclusion holidays, women-focused holidays, national health observances, and other fun (and wacky) celebrations.

We want your followers to be more than just content with your content. For your content marketing to really pop, it must be tailored to your target audience. Strategically incorporating holidays is a great way to keep content personalized, timely and relevant.

So, how do you go about incorporating holidays into your content calendar? Here are some tips:

  1. Plan ahead: Consider creating a content calendar that incorporates holidays, and brainstorm ideas for each one well in advance. We plan content with each of our clients in a monthly strategy session using a comprehensive editorial calendar.
  2. Research upcoming holidays and observances: We make this easy by posting holidays on our blog each month.
  3. Choose holidays that align with your brand values & content strategy: Make sure the holidays you select make sense for your brand, content strategy and biz goals. For example, if your brand is focused on sustainability, Earth Day could be a great holiday to feature in your content.
  4. Get creative with your content: Once you’ve selected which holidays to feature, it’s time to get creative with your content. You can create holiday-themed graphics, share personal stories or experiences related to the holiday, or even host a giveaway or contest. Find ways to celebrate with your audience!
  5. Be inclusive: This means featuring holidays that represent diverse cultures and backgrounds, as well as being mindful of any potential cultural appropriation. Our calendars include dates that respect and honor diverse voices and perspectives. Because, after all, celebrations are for all. 

By following these tips, you can successfully incorporate holidays and observances into your content calendar and create engaging content that resonates with your target audience. Remember, the key is to be creative, strategic, and inclusive. And to have fun with it.

If you need help planning and executing a content strategy, we’re only a click away. 😀

Here are all the May 2024 Holidays and Observances you need to know…

Monthly Holidays and Observances in May 2024:

  • ALS Awareness Month #ALSAwarenessMonth
  • American Cheese Month #AmericanCheeseMonth
  • American Wetlands Month #AmericanWetlandsMonth
  • Arthritis Awareness Month #CureArthritis
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month #APAHM
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month #BHSM
  • Better Sleep Month #BetterSleepMonth
  • Bladder Cancer Month #BladderCancerMonth
  • Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month #BorderlinePersonalityDisorderAwareness Month
  • Brain Cancer Month #BrainCancerMonth
  • BrainTumor Awareness Month #GrayMay
  • Building Safety Month #BuildingSafety Month
  • Celiac Disease Awareness Month #CeliacDiseaseAwarenessMonth
  • Clean Air Month #CleanAirMonth
  • Creative Beginnings Month #CreativeBeginningsMonth
  • Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month #CFawareness #FacesOfCF
  • Family Wellness Month #FamilyWellnessMonth
  • Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month #SupportFibro
  • Gardening for Wildlife Month #GardeningForWildlifeMonth
  • Global Employee Health and Fitness Month #GEHFM
  • Haitian Heritage Month #HaitianHeritageMonth
  • Healthy Vision Month #HealthyVisionMonth
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month #HepAware20224
  • Homeschool Awareness Month #HomeschoolAwarenessMonth
  • International Drum Month #InternationalDrumMonth
  • International Victorious Woman Month #InternationalVictoriousWomanMonth
  • Jewish American Heritage Month #JAHM2024
  • Latino Books Month #LatinoBooksMonth
  • Lettuce Month #LettuceMonth
  • Lupus Awareness Month #MakeLupusVisable
  • Mental Health Awareness Month #MHAM2024 #Together4MH
  • Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month #MotorcycleSafetyAwarenessMonth
  • National Asparagus Month #AsparagusMonth
  • National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month #BreatheBetter
  • National Barbecue Month #BarbecueMonth
  • National Bicycle Safety Month #BicycleSafetyMonth
  • National Cancer Research Month #NCRM24 #ResearchSavesLives
  • National Foster Care Month #FosterCareMonth
  • National Hamburger Month #HamburgerMonth
  • National High Blood Pressure Education Month #HighBloodPressureMonth
  • National Inventors Month #InventorsMonth
  • National Lyme Disease Awareness Month #LymeDiseaseAwarenessMonth
  • National Meditation Month #MeditationMonth
  • National Nurses Month #NursesMonth
  • National Osteoporosis Month #BeBoneStrong #NOM2024
  • National Pet Month #PetMonth
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month #MoveYourWay #MoveinMay
  • National Salad Month #SaladMonth
  • National Salsa Month #SalsaMonth
  • National Strawberry Month #StrawberryMonth
  • National Stroke Awareness Month #StrokeMonth
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month #NTPPM
  • National Teen Self Esteem Month #TeenSelfEsteemMonth
  • National Tennis Month #TennisMonth
  • National Walking Month #WalkingMonth
  • National Wildfire Awareness Month #WildfireAwarenessMonth
  • Older Americans Month #OAM2024
  • Pet Sitter Safety Month #PetSitterSafetyMonth
  • Preeclampsia Awareness Month #CheckKnowShare
  • Skin Cancer Awareness Month #PracticeSafeSun #ThisIsSkinCancer
  • Small Business Month #SmallBusinessMonth
  • South Asian American Heritage Month #SouthAsianAmericanHeritageMonth
  • Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month (May 15 – June 15) #TourettesHurts

Weekly Holidays and Observances in May 2024:

  • Small Business Week #SmallBusinessWeek — April 28-May 4
  • National Physical Education and Sport Week #SHAPEteachOn #MoveinMay— May 1-7
  • Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week  #CMHAW — May 5-11
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week #HurricaneStrong — May 5-11
  • National Pet Week #PetWeek — May 5-11
  • National Wildflower Week #WildflowerWeek — May 5-11
  • Women in Construction Week #WICWeek — May 5-11
  • Air Quality Awareness Week #AQAW2024  — May 6-10
  • Children’s Book Week #ChildrensBookWeek — May 6-12
  • National Nurses Week #NursesWeek — May 6-12
  • North American Occupational Safety and Health Week #FocusOnSafety  — May 6-11
  • Teacher Appreciation Week #TeacherAppreciationWeek — May 6-10
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week #WESTUTTER — May 9 -15
  • Food Allergy Awareness Week #AllergyAlly — May 12-18
  • Maternal Sepsis Week #MaternalSepsisWeek — May 12-18
  • National Hospital Week #HospitalWeek #WeareHealthcare — May 12-18
  • National Women’s Health Week #NWHW — May 12-18
  • American Craft Beer Week #AmericanCraftBeerWeek — May 13-19
  • Bike to Work Week #BikeToWorkWeek — May 13-19
  • National EMS Week #EMSWeek — May 19 -25
  • National Public Works Week #NPWW — May 19 -25
  • National Travel and Tourism Week #NTTW #FutureOfTravel — May 19 -25

Daily Holidays and Observances in May 2024:

May 1: Agriculture and Labor Day #AgricultureLaborDay, Global Love Day #GlobalLoveDay, International Workers Day #WorkersDay, Law Day #LawDay, Lei Day #LeiDay, Learn to Ride a Bike Day #LearnToRideABikeDay, May Day #MayDay, National Interpreter Appreciation Day #InterpreterAppreciationDay, National Loyalty Day #LoyaltyDay, National Mother Goose Day #MotherGooseDay, National Skilled Trades Day #SkilledTradesDay, School Principals’ Day #SchoolPrincipalsDay, World Lyme Day #WorldLymeDay

May 2: Baby Day #BabyDay, International Harry Potter Day #HarryPotterDay, National Brothers and Sisters Day #BrothersAndSistersDay, National Life Insurance Day #LifeInsuranceDay, National Play Your Ukulele Day #PlayYourUkuleleDay, National Truffle Day #TruffleDay, World Password Day #WorldPasswordDay, World Tuna Day #WorldTunaDay

May 3: International Wild Koala Day #WildKoalaDay, Orthodox Good Friday #OrthodoxGoodFriday, National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day #AnxietyDisordersScreeningDay, National Paranormal Day #ParanormalDay, National Public Radio Day #PublicRadioDay, National Space Day #SpaceDay, National Textiles Day #TextilesDay, World Press Freedom Day #PressFreedom #WorldPressFreedomDay

May 4: Bird Day #BirdDay, International Family Equality Day #IFED2024, International Firefighters Day #FirefightersDay, Kentucky Derby Day #KentuckyDerby, National Bombshells’ Day #BombshellsDay, National Fitness Day #NationalFitnessDay, National Orange Juice Day #OrangeJuiceDay, National Pilates Day #PilatesDay, National Play Outside Day #PlayOutsideDay, National Renewal Day #RenewalDay, National Scrapbook Day #ScrapbookDay, National Weather Observers Day #WeatherObserversDay, National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day #WildfireCommunityPreparednessDay, Star Wars Day #StarWarsDay #MayTheFourthBeWithYou

May 5: Cinco de Mayo #CincoDeMayo, Museum Lover’s Day #MuseumLoversDay, National Astronaut Day #AstronautDay, National Cartoonists Day #CartoonistsDay, National Concert Day #ConcertDay, National Hoagie Day #HoagieDay, National Lemonade Day #LemonadeDay, Sleep Apnea Awareness Day #SleepApneaAwarenessDay, World Hand Hygiene Day #HandHygiene #CleanYourHands, World Laughter Day #LaughterDay, World Portuguese Language Day #WorldPortugueseLanguageDay

May 6: Melanoma Monday #MelanomaMonday, Great Lakes Awareness Day #GreatLakesAwarenessDay, National Herb Day #HerbDay, National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day #MeetingPlannersAppreciatioDay, National Nurses Day #NursesDay, National Scrapbooking Day #ScrapbookingDay, International No Diet Day #NoDietDay

May 7: National Asthma Day #AsthmaDay, National Barrier Awareness Day #BarrierAwarenessDay, National Cosmopolitan Day #CosmopolitanDay, National Foster Care Day #FosterCareDay, Teacher Appreciation Day #TeacherAppreciationDay #NationalTeachersDay, National Tourism Day #TourismDay, World Asthma Day #WorldAsthmaDay

May 8: National Coconut Cream Pie Day #CoconutCreamPieDay, National Give Someone a Cupcake Day #GiveSomeoneACupcakeDay, National Have a Coke Day #NationalHaveACokeDay, National Receptionists Day #ReceptionistDay, National Student Nurse Day #StudentNurseDay, World Ovarian Cancer Day #OvarianCancerDay, World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day #RedCrossDay

May 9: Ascension Day #AscensionDay, Make A Book Day #MakeABookDay, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day #ChildrensMentalHealthAwarenessDay, National Lost Sock Memorial Day #LostSockMemorialDay, National Sleepover Day #SleepoverDay

May 10: National Childcare Provider Appreciation Day #ThankYouChildCare, National Clean Your Room Day #CleanYourRoomDay, National Golf Day #GolfDay, National School Nurse Day #SchoolNurseDay, National Shrimp Day #ShrimpDay, National Small Business Day #SmallBusinessDay, Public Gardens Day #PublicGardensDay, World Lupus Day #WorldLupus Day

May 11: National Archery Day #ArcheryDay, National Babysitter’s Day #BabysittersDay, National Birth Mother’s Day #BirthmothersDay, National Dog Mom’s Day #DogMomsDay, National Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness #CdLSAwarenessDay, National Eat What You Want Day #EatWhatYouWantDay, National Foam Rolling Day #FoamRollingDay, National Miniature Golf Day #MiniatureGolfDay, National Train Day #TrainDay, National Twilight Zone Day #TwilightZoneDay, World Fair Trade Day #WorldFairTradeDay, World Migratory Bird Day #WMBD2024

May 12: International Nurses Day #InternationalNursesDay, Mother’s Day #MothersDay, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) International Awareness Day #MECFSAwareness, National Fibromyalgia Day #FibromalgiaAwareness, National Hospital Day #HospitalDay, National Limerick Day #LimerickDay, National Mental Health Provider Appreciation Day #MentalHealthProviderAppreciationDay, World Topiary Day #WorldTopiaryDay

May 13: International Hummus Day #HummusDay, National Apple Pie Day #ApplePieDay, National Women’s Checkup Day #WomensCheckupDay, World Cocktail Day #WorldCocktailDay

May 14: Bond With Your Dog Day #BondWithYourDogDay, International Chihuahua Appreciation Day #ChihuahuaAppreciationDay, National Buttermilk Biscuit Day #ButtermilkBiscuitDay, National Dance Like A Chicken Day #DanceLikeAChickenDay, National Decency Day #DecencyDay

May 15: Bring Flowers to Someone Day #BringFlowersToSomeoneDay, International Family Day #FamilyDay, National Chocolate Chip Day #ChocolateChipDay, Peace Officers Memorial Day #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay, Straw Hat Day #StrawHatDay

May 16: International Day of Light #LightDay2024, International Day of Living Together in Peace #LivingTogetherInPeace, National Barbecue Day #BarbecueDay, National Biographer’s Day #BiographersDay, National Classic Movie Day #NationalClassicMovieDay, National Celiac Disease Awareness Day #NationalCeliacDiseaseAwarenessDay, National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day #DoSomethingGoodForYourNeighborDay, National Drawing Day #DrawingDay, National Love a Tree Day #LoveATreeDay, National Mimosa Day #MimosaDay,  National Notebook Day #NotebookDay, National Piercing Day #PiercingDay, National Sea Monkey Day #SeaMonkeyDay, Ride a Unicycle Day #RideAUnicycleDay

May 17: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia #IDAHOT, Malcolm X Day #MalcolmXDay, NASCAR Day #NASCARDay, National Bike to Work Day #BikeToWorkDay, National Bike to School Day #BikeToSchoolDay, National Cherry Cobbler Day #CherryCobblerDay, National Endangered Species Day #EndangeredSpeciesDay, National Mushroom Hunting Day #MushroomHuntingDay, National Pizza Party Day #PizzaPartyDay, National Walnut Day #Walnut Day, Virtual Assistants Day #VirtualAssistantsDay, World Baking Day #WorldBakingDay, World Hypertension Day #WorldHypertensionDay, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day #WTISD

May 18: Armed Forces Day #ArmedForcesDay, Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GlobalAccessibilityAwarenessDay, HIV Vaccine Awareness Day #HVAD, International Museum Day #MuseumDay #IMD2024, National Cheese Soufflé Day #CheeseSouffléDay, National Learn to Swim Day #LearnToSwimDay, National No Dirty Dishes Day #NoDirtyDishesDay, National River Cleanup Day #RiverCleanupDay, National Visit Your Relatives Day #VisitYourRelativesDay, Plant a Lemon Tree Day #PlantALemonTreeDay, Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day #SendAnElectronicGreetingCardDay

May 19: Agender Pride Day #AgenderPrideDay, National Pizza Party Day #NationalPizzaPartyDay, National Devil’s Food Cake Day #DevilsFoodCakeDay, Plant Something Day #PlantSomethingDay, Stepmother’s Day #StepmothersDay, World Baking Day #WorldBakingDay, World Family Doctor Day #WorldFamilyDoctorDay, World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day #WorldIBDDay

May 20: National Be A Millionaire Day #BeAMillionaireDay, National High Heel Day #HighHeelDay, National Pick Strawberries Day #PickStrawberriesDay, National Rescue Dog Day #NationalRescueDogDay #AdoptDontShop, National Streaming Day #StreamingDay, National Women in Aerospace Day #WomenInAerospace Day, World Bee Day #WorldBeeDay #SaveTheBees, World Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day #AiArthritisDay

May 21: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day #EatMoreFruitsAndVegetablesDay, International Tea Day #TeaDay #InternationalTeaDay, National Memo Day #MemoDay, National Strawberries and Cream Day #StrawberriesAndCreamDay, National Talk Like Yoda Day #TalkLikeYodaDay, National Waitstaff Day #WaitstaffDay, Pesach Sheni #PesachSheni, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development #WorldDayforCulturalDiversity, World Meditation Day #WorldMeditationDay

May 22: Buy a Musical Instrument Day #BuyAMusicalInstrumentDay, Emergency Medical Services for Children Day #EmergencyMedicalServicesForChildrenDay, Harvey Milk Day #HarveyMilkDay, International Day of Biological Diversity #BiodiversityDay, National Craft Distillery Day #CraftDistilleryDay, National Maritime Day #NationalMaritimeDay, National Solitaire Day #SolitaireDay, National Vanilla Pudding Day #VanillaPuddingDay, Sherlock Holmes Day #SherlockHolmesDay, World Paloma Day #WorldPalomaDay

May 23: International Chardonnay Day #ChardonnayDay, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula #InternationalDaytoEndObstetricFistula, National Lucky Penny Day #LuckyPennyDay, National Taffy Day #TaffyDay, World Turtle Day #WorldTurtleDay

May 24: Brother’s Day #BrothersDay, National Asparagus Day #AsparagusDay, National Cooler Day #CoolerDay, National Escargot Day #EscargotDay, National Road Trip Day #NationalRoadTripDay, National Scavenger Hunt Day #ScavengerHuntDay, Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness Day #PansexualPride #PanromanticPride, World Schizophrenia Awareness Day #SchizophreniaAwarenessDay

May 25: Geek Pride Day #GeekPrideDay, National Missing Children’s Day #MissingChildrensDay, National Italian Beef Day #ItalianBeefDay, National Tap Dance Day #TapDanceDay, National Wine Day #NationalWineDay, Towel Day #TowelDay, World Thyroid Day #ThyroidDay

May 26: National Family Fun Day #FamilyFunDay, National Paper Airplane Day #PaperAirplaneDay

May 27: Memorial Day #MemorialDay, National Grape Day #GrapeDay, National Grape Popsicle Day #GrapePopsicleDay, National Sunscreen Day #DontFryDay #NationalSunscreenDay

May 28: Amnesty International Day #AmnestyInternationalDay, National Brisket Day #BrisketDay, National Hamburger Day #HamburgerDay, Whooping Crane Day #WhoopingCraneDay, World Blood Cancer Day #BloodCancerDay, World Hunger Day #WorldHunger Day

May 29: Mount Everest Day #MountEverestDay, National Alligator Day #AlligatorDay, National Flip Flop Day #FlipFlopDay, National Paperclip Day #PaperclipDay, National Senior Health and Fitness Day #SeniorHealthAndFitnessDay, National Snail Day #SnailDay, World Otter Day #WorldOtterDay

May 30: International Hug Your Cat Day #HugYourCatDay, National Creativity Day #NationalCreativityDay, National Mint Julep Day #MintJulepDay, National Water a Flower Day #WaterAFlowerDay, World MS Day #WorldMSDay

May 31: National Heat Awareness Day #NationalHeatAwarenessDay, National Macaroon Day #MacaroonDay, National Save Your Hearing Day #SaveYourHearingDay, National Smile Day #SmileDay, World No-Tobacco Day #NoTobaccoDay, World Parrot Day #ParrotDay

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