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Say Hello to May’s Many Holidays

Though May begins with a super spring holiday (May Day on May 1), it wraps up with the unofficial launch of summer over Memorial Day. But there’s even more to celebrate during your month of May travels.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo

The Mexican Army defeated France on May 5, 1862, during the Battle of Puebla. Today, the state of Puebla is where Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the country of Mexico. But, the fifth of May is also widely observed in the U.S. as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. On this day, travelers may see and participate in parades, listen to mariachi music and savor margaritas. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a classic Mexican margarita or one of these other variations from around the world.

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May 6: National Tourist Appreciation Day

Get ready to be pampered. May 6 marks National Tourist Appreciation Day and falls at the beginning of National Travel and Tourism Week. This year’s theme is “Then and Now,” and throughout the week, communities will promote travel and its impacts to policymakers and host rallies and events. Keep a lookout for travel discounts, free giveaways and opportunities to get involved throughout the day and week.

May 13: Mother’s Day

Honor your mother with a gift or a trip. For mother-daughter duo ideas, check out the rest of the May eClubTraveler!

May 23: National Lucky Penny Day

Most people are familiar with the expression: “Find a penny, pick it up. All day long, you’ll have good luck.” As Club Travelers, why not collect a little extra luck and see how many pennies you and your family members can collect on this fun day? Don’t want to carry around too much change? Use this fun day to toss a penny in the first fountain you come across instead. And don’t forget to make a wish!

May 28: Memorial Day

The last Monday of May is Memorial Day, a tribute to the U.S. men and women who died for their country. Honor those who have served by attending local events such as a Memorial Day parade, concert, ballgame or event near your travel destination — like these in Washington, D.C.

For many, Memorial Day is a three-day weekend, and is seen as an unofficial kickoff to summer. In the U.S., it’s a popular weekend to travel and spend time with loved ones. According to AAA, in 2017, nearly 40 million people were estimated to drive 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend. If you plan to travel by car this year, consider leaving for your vacation early on Friday morning or even Thursday evening, and/or coming home after the holiday, on Tuesday, to avoid anticipated heavy traffic.


*Photo at top of page by grandriver / Getty Images.