National May Ray Day

The name of National May Ray Day might sound nonsensical, but this day actually stands for something. This holiday is a day for people to celebrate the sun and soak up some of its life-giving rays. This is the time of the year when people can enjoy the spring weather and also anticipate the coming of the summer season.

This day almost straddles spring and summer, although that’s not exactly true on the calendar, but only in spirit. Of course, this holiday has a meaning that is different from how it’s celebrated today, but we’ll get into that in the next section. Meanwhile, we’ll just keep on observing this holiday on May 19th every year.

The History of National May Ray Day

This holiday was actually created by Richard Ankli, a comedian who wanted to honor his brother Ray, who was born on this day.

The holiday was then commemorated by the Broadway Fun Spot in St. Joseph, Michigan, which would officially make National May Ray Day a holiday. Even after all these years, this holiday is still celebrated by people who want to enjoy the sun on this day in May.

Observing National May Ray Day

Even though this holiday started out as a commemoration day, it doesn’t have to be observed in that way. It doesn’t even have to be observed by people who are looking to get out and enjoy some spring fun in the sun.

People can attribute whatever they want to this holiday and can feel free to celebrate it in their own way. Sure, this day can be celebrated with some gardening or by taking a walk, but it can also be celebrated in other ways.

It’s up to each person’s imagination as to how they want to observe this day. With that said, why not let everyone know how you intend to celebrate this day by posting to social media using the hashtag #NationalMayRayDay

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 19 Sunday
Next year (2025)
May 19 Monday
Last year (2023)
May 19 Friday
Nature & Environment