May 4

May 4 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on May 4, include:

  • Anti-Bullying Day
  • Bird Day 
  • Dave Brubeck Day (Jazz Pianist and Composer) 
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day 
  • International Firefighter's Day 
  • International Respect for Chickens Day 
  • K.I.N.D. Day - (K.I.N.D. = Kids in Need of Diapers)
  • Kent State Shootings Remembrance - (Local Observance in Ohio)
  • Make a Book Day - May 4, 2023 (Thursday of National Family Reading Week)
  • National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • National Day of Prayer - May 4, 2023 (First Thursday in May)
  • National Day of Reason - May 4, 2023 (First Thursday in May) - Set up in 2003 by Humanists/Atheists on the same day as the National Day of Prayer for a secular alternative
  • National Kids Fitness Day 
  • National Orange Juice Day 
  • National Weather Observers Day 
  • Pesach Sheni - May 4, 2023
  • Petite and Proud Day 
  • Renewal Day 
  • Rhode Island Independence Day 
  • Star Wars Day
  • World Give Day 
  • World Password Day - May 4, 2023 (First Thursday in May)

2023 Weekly Holidays that include May 4, are:

  • Air Quality Awareness Week - May 1-5, 2023
  • Choose Privacy Week - May 1-7
  • Go Diaper Free Week - April 30 - May 6, 2023 (7 Days Starting the Last Sunday in April)
  • National Auctioneers Week - May 1-6, 2023 (Observed the week ending with National Auctioneers Day)
  • National Children's Book Week - May 1-7, 2023, and also November 6-12, 2023
  • National Physical Education and Sports Week - May 1-7 (First Week in May)
  • National Safety Stand Down Week - May 1-5, 2023
  • National Small Business Week - April 30 - May 6, 2023 (First Week of May)
  • National Sun Safety Week - May 1-7, 2023
  • Preservation Week - April 30 - May 6, 2023
  • Screen-Free Week (Digital Detox Week - Formerly TV Turnoff Week) - May 1-7, 2023
  • Stewardship Week - April 30 - May 7, 2023 (Last Sunday in April to First Sunday in May)
  • World Dystonia Awareness Week - May 3-11

2023 Monthly Holidays that include May 4, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our May Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of May.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for May 4 is Taurus.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for May are:

  • The Lily of the Valley - Humility, Chastity and Sweetness - signifies a return to happiness
  • Hawthorn


The Birthstone(s) for May is the Emerald which is a symbol of rebirth and is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1655 - Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker who invented the piano (d. 1731)
  • 1820 - Julia Gardiner Tyler, American wife of President John Tyler, 11th First Lady of the United Sates (d. 1889)
  • 1929 - Audrey Hepburn, Belgian-English actress and singer (My Fair Lady) (d. 1993)
  • 1930 - Katherine Jackson, mother of the Jackson family
  • 1951 - Jackie Jackson, American singer, songwriter, and dancer (The Jackson 4)
  • 1959 - Randy Travis, American country singer, songwriter, and actor
  • 1978 - Erin Andrews, American sportscaster and journalist
  • 1979 - Lance Bass, American singer, dancer, actor, producer (*NSYNC)

Famous Deaths

  • 1436 - Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson, Swedish rebel leader (b. 1390)
  • 1975 - Moe Howard, American actor, comedian (3 Stooges) (b. 1897)
  • 2009 - Dom DeLuise, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1933)
  • 2012 - Adam Yauch, American rapper and director (Beastie Boys) (b. 1964)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1969 - Actor Dustin Hoffman marries actress Anne Byrne
  • 1991 - Actress Sharon Gless marries producer Barney Rosenzeig
  • 1996 - Actor David Caruso (CSI Miami), marries flight attendant Margaret Buckley
  • 2013 - Actress Keira Knightley marries musician James Righton

Quote of the Day

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

Holidays and Observances Recipe/Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day is Kale Tips, Facts, and Kale Chips!

The Month of May is Gifts From the Garden Month! For May 4th, we chose to look at some of Kerry's Kale Tips, Facts, and Kale Chips!

Kale is considered to be the most nutritious vegetable available, full of vitamins and antioxidants, so it's a great lifestyle solution to add it to your diet as often as possible! Find out more Kale Tips from Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website. (link opens in her website)

This Day in History

  • 1415 - Religious reformers John Wycliffe, and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance
  • 1776 - Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III
  • 1780 - American Academy of Arts & Science is founded
  • 1818 - Netherlands & Britain sign a treaty against illegal slave handling
  • 1904 - The U.S. begins construction of the Panama Canal
  • 1910 - The Royal Canadian Navy is created
  • 1923 - New York state revokes Prohibition law
  • 1932 - Mobster Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary for tax evasion
  • 1942 - Food is 1st rationed in the U.S.
  • 1945 - German troops in Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway surrender
  • 1946 - 5 diet in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay, the U.S. Marines from nearby Treasure Island Naval Base are called in to stop the riot
  • 1953 - Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea
  • 1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • 1998 - The "Unabomber", Theodore Kaczynski receives four life sentences, plus 30 years from a federal judge in Sacramento, CA. A plea agreement spares him from the death penalty
  • 2007 - A 1.7 mile wide EF5 tornado almost completely detroys Greensburg, Kansas

This Day in Music

  • 1959 - The 1st Grammy Awards are held - Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win
  • 1967 - The Turtles, Happy Together is certified gold (below)

  • 1973 - Wings release, Red Rose Speedway, in the UK
  • 1978 - Jefferson Starship's album Earth is certified platinum
  • 1977 - Hotel California, by the Eagles hits #1
  • 1986 - West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys hits #1
  • 1996 - George Michael's Fastlove hits #1 in the UK for 3 weeks
  • 1999 - Jennifer Lopez releases her debut single, If You Had My Love, which becomes a worldwide #1 hit and is certified for 2 platinums and 4 golds
  • 2003 - American Life by Madonna hits #1 
  • 2008 - Madonna album Hard Candy goes straight to #1 in the UK

George Michael is one of my all time favorites.  Above, is his Fastlove single, Unplugged

This Day in Sports

  • 1871 - The first professional baseball league, The National Association, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1893 - Cowboy Bob Pickett invents bulldogging
  • 1919 - 1st legal Sunday baseball game in New York Cities (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)
  • 1924 - The 8th Olympic games open at Paris, France
  • 1927 - The 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet, in Scott Field, Illinois
  • 1929 - Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive Home Runs
  • 1965 - Willie May 512th HR breaks previous record held by Mel Ott's of 511
  • 1974 - The first women to climb an 8,000 meter peak, is an all female Japanese team that reaches the summit of Manaslu
  • 1984 - Dave Kingman hits a fly ball that gets stuck in the Metrodome ceiling and never comes down 
  • 2002 - Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant
  • 2013 - 139th Kentucky Derby winner is Joel Rosario aboard Orb with a time of 2:02.89

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Effrontery (noun)

1. (uncountable) Insolent and shameless audacity.
2. (countable) An act of insolent and shameless audacity.

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