12 Offbeat Holidays to Celebrate in May
The days are getting longer and warmer, so we know you're in a partying mood. Here are a few ways to channel that energy during the month of May.
1. MAY 1: NEW HOMEOWNERS DAY
One could argue that getting out of the rental game is a celebration in itself, but here's a holiday for brand new homeowners anyway. (A Risky Business-style dance party would be one good way to party with all that room.)
2. MAY 6: NO HOMEWORK DAY
We assume this applies to kids and adults alike.
3. MAY 11: EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY
The best holidays encourage you to break some dietary rules and this one might be the best of all because it encourages you to break all of them.
4. MAY 13: NATIONAL BABYSITTERS DAY
Because let's be real, their job doesn't usually look this serene.
5. MAY 13: STAY UP ALL NIGHT NIGHT
It may not look as breathtaking as this, but staying up all night pretty much always leads to some great stories.
6. MAY 14: UNDERGROUND AMERICA DAY
Underground America day honors those who make their homes not just on Earth, but in it. It was invented by Malcolm Wells in 1974 and according to the architect, those who wish to celebrate can do so by doing things like riding the subway, burying treasure, eating root vegetables, or thinking about moles.
7. MAY 16: BIOGRAPHERS DAY
This offbeat holiday celebrates the anniversary of the meeting of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson in 1763, which resulted in a biography that many consider to be among the first of its kind in terms of style. (We love any holiday that you can participate in by just picking up a good book.)
8. MAY 16: MIMOSA DAY
What would brunch be without them?
9. MAY 18: INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS DAY
On this day, the entire planet celebrates museums and all the amazing things they have to offer. We recommend checking for events and activities in your area: Hundreds of thousands of museums joined the party last year.
10. MAY 19: NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY
We can't promise you'll look as put together and carefree as these two, but we can give you permission to skip the gym after completing your cycling commute.
11. MAY 19: NATIONAL SCOOTER DAY
For riders young and old.
12. MAY 25: NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY
The perfect day to put on your dancing shoes.
Holidays found in Chase's Calendar of Events 2017. All photos courtesy of iStock unless otherwise noted.