May 1 holidays in 2026

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
Feast of St Joseph the Worker Holy See (Vatican City) National Holiday
Worker's Day Multiple [Show] Public Holiday
Labor Day / May Day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Batman Day - (Art & Entertainment)
Loyalty Day United States Observance
Labor Day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Maharashtra Day India State Holiday
National Mother Goose Day - Unofficial (Education & Reading)
National Chocolate Parfait Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
Law Day - Unofficial (Work & Occupation)
Law Day United States Observance
School Principals’ Day - Unofficial (Work & Occupation)
Silver Star Service Banner Day - Unofficial (Appreciation & Honor)
National Space Day - Unofficial (Nature & Environment)
School Lunch Hero Day - Unofficial
No Pants Day - Unofficial (Weird & Obscure)
Labour Day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Agriculture and Labor Day Haiti National/legal Holiday
National Workers Day Saint Vincent and The Grenadines Public Holiday
Lei Day United States (Hawaii) Local Observance
May Day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Great Prayer Day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Constitution Day Marshall Islands Public Holiday
Labour Day/May Day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Unity Day Kazakhstan Public Holiday
Worker's Day Multiple [Show] Public Holiday
Spring and Labor Day Russia National Holiday
God of Medicine's Birthday Taiwan Observance
Labor and Solidarity Day Turkey National Holiday
International Labor Day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
International Worker’s Day Albania National Holiday
International Labour Day Kosovo Official Holiday
Constituent Assembly Convocation Day Latvia National Holiday
International Day of Solidarity of Workers Moldova National Holiday
Labor day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Labor holiday Serbia National Holiday
May 1st Sweden Public Holiday
International Workers' Day Eritrea Public Holiday
Workers' Day Multiple [Show] Public Holiday
Workers Day Zimbabwe Public Holiday

Historical Events on May 1

  • 1759: The Wedgwood Pottery Co. is founded by Josiah Wedgwood in Great Britain.
  • 1776: Adam Weishaupt establishes the Illuminati in Upper Bavaria.
  • 1778: The Battle of Crooked Billet starts during the American Revolution in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1840: The first official adhesive stamp – the Penny Black – is issued in the U.K.
  • 1844: The Hong Kong Police Force is established on this day. It would be the first modern police force in Asia and the second modern police force in the world.
  • 1862: The capture of New Orleans is completed by the Union Army during the American Civil War.
  • 1863: During the American Civil War, the Battle of Chancellorsville starts.
  • 1866: The Memphis Race Riots start on this day. Almost 50 black and 2 white are killed during the incident. Reports of the atrocities would help the 14th Amendment to the U.S Constitution get passed.
  • 1875: After burning down in 1873, the Alexandra Palace reopens on this date.
  • 1930: Pluto is officially given its name on this day.
  • 1931: In New York City, the Empire State Building is dedicated.
  • 1941: German forces attack Tobruk during World War II.
  • 1944: In retailiation for General Franz Krech being killed by partisans in Malaoi, German soldiers shoot 200 Communist prisoners at Kaisariani.
  • 1945: The Soviet Flag is raised over the Reich Chancellery during World War II.
  • 1945: After having killed their children by inserting cyanide pills into their mouths, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda Goebbels commit suicide in the Reich Garden.
  • 1945: In the wake of the Soviet advance in Demmin in Germany, approximately twenty-five hundred people die in a mass suicide.

Famous Birthdays on May 1

  • Irish-English 1st Duke of Wellington and Prime Minister of the U.K., Arthur Wellesley is born in 1769.
  • Irish poet and author, James Clarence Mangan is born in 1803.
  • American frontierswoman and scout, Calamity Jane is born in 1852.
  • Spanish neuroscientist and Nobel Prize laureate, Santiago Ramon y Cajal is born in 1852.
  • American actress Julie Benz is born in 1972.
  • American actor James Badge Dale is born in 1978.
  • American NHL hockey player, David Backes is born in 1984.