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May 1, 2014

What’s happening in May

Apple Blossom Festival

April 24 to May 4 is the Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee, Washington. This is a big celebration of an important business in Washington State. The festival lasts 11 days. There are many different events. You can go on the Apple Blossom Run or eat tasty apple pies and desserts. You can visit an Arts and Crafts Fair. The Grand Floral Parade is on Saturday, May 3. The Apple Blossom Festival started in 1919.


International Labor Day

May 1 is International Labor Day. It is celebrated in many countries around the world. In some places it is called May Day. Workers often go to a parade. The United States does not celebrate International Labor Day. In this country, it is Loyalty Day.


Cinco de Mayo

May 5 is Cinco de Mayo. It is an important celebration for the Mexican-American community in the U.S. and in some parts of Mexico. Mexicans celebrate their rich and beautiful culture on this day. It is in memory of the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. General Ignacio Zaragoza Sequin and his Mexican soldiers won a battle against a strong French army that day. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with pinatas, food, music, and dancing.


Mother’s Day

May 11 is Mother’s Day in the U.S. Children honor their mothers on this special day. Children and husbands give flowers and gifts to the mother of the family. Many people telephone their mothers on Mother’s Day. It is the busiest day of the year for long distance telephone calls.

Mother’s Day is also celebrated on different days in many other countries of the world.


Walla Walla Balloon Stampede

May 8–11 is the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede. It is a good place to see many colorful hot air balloons. There are sunrise launches at 6:00 a.m. and “Nite Glow Shows” every night.


Garden Expo

Sat, May 10 is Garden Expo at Spokane Community College. Get tips on your plants from the experts and horticulture organizations. Ride the garden train. The theme for this year is “A Gardener’s Adventure.” Free admission.


Northwest Folk Life Festival

May 23-26 is the Northwest Folk Life Festival at the Seattle Center. There is folk dancing, music, and arts and crafts from around the world. The cultural focus this year is “India and its people.” This is in honor of the 48 anniversary celebration of the World’s Fair in Seattle.


Memorial Day

May 26 is Memorial Day. It is always the last Monday in May. According to one story, African-Americans started Memorial Day in 1865 at the end of the Civil War. Freedmen (freed slaves) honored Union soldiers who died at a race track in Charleston, South Carolina. General John Logan made it an official holiday in 1868. In that year flowers were put on the graves of soldiers from the North and the South in Arlington Cemetery. Now we remember people from all the wars. Many people visit cemeteries on Memorial Day. They put flowers on graves. Soldiers’ graves have flags. Some towns have parades and special ceremonies. Schools, banks and government offices are closed because it is a federal holiday.


What’s happening in June

Oregon Rose Festival

May 23 to June 8 is the Portland, Oregon Rose Festival. It started in 1907. This festival includes three parades, but the Grand Floral Parade is the second largest of all floral parades in the U.S. It starts at 10:00 a.m. on June 7, but go early. Nearly 500,000 people come to see the beautiful flower floats. In 2011 the Portland Rose Festival won an award as the best festival in the world.


World Environment Day

June 5 is World Environment Day. It was started by the U.N. General Assembly in 1972, so 2014 marks its 42 anniversary. The theme for this year is “Raise your voice, not the sea level.” The focus is “Small Islands and Climate Change.” World Environment Day is held annually on June 5 to bring attention to environmental issues and to promote sustainable development in communities.


Flag Day

June 14 celebrates Flag Day. On this day in 1777 the US flag was chosen. The American flag represents freedom. It is red, white and blue. Each of the thirteen stripes stands for one of the original thirteen American colonies. Each state of the U.S. is represented by a white star on a background of blue. All government buildings and many private citizens will display flags on June 14.


Fremont Fair

June 20–22 is the Fremont Fair. It is always held around the time of the summer solstice. There are many family activities and good food. The Fremont Fair Solstice Parade begins at 3 pm on Saturday, June 21.


The Summer Solstice

June 21 at 3:51 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) begins the summer solstice. It is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This will be the longest day of the year and the shortest night. In many countries there are festivals and celebrations around this time.


Father’s Day

June 15 is Father’s Day. It is always on the third Sunday in June. Children give their fathers gifts or cards to show their love. Lots of families gather for barbecues or go to the ball game together. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. President Nixon recognized it as a holiday in 1972.


Seattle Pride Fest

On Sunday, June 29, 2014 over 100,000 people gather to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered rights for Seattle Pride Fest.

Published May 2014

Comments (7)


  1. Nancy McEachran says:

    To the Editor:

    Thank you very much for publishing this comprehensive calendar of events in May and June. I enjoyed reading the list of celebrations and festivals. I wish that I could attend the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede! It sounds like a lot of fun!

    I am also proud of my hometown, Spokane. Thank you for reminding me that Spokane was the founding city of Father’s Day.

    Please continue this calendar feature in the newspaper. I like learning about the different celebrations in our state.

    Nancy McEachran
    ESL Teacher

  2. Mihyun,Jung says:

    To the Editor,
    I glad to learn about local event in May and June.
    I like spring, because flower start bloom.
    I’d go to Apple Blossom Festival with family.
    Thank you.

    ESL student

  3. Svetlana says:

    To the editor:

    Thanks for your article. It’s very interesting information for all. I’m worry because I didn’t know before where I can to read this information and now I can’t change my planes for this weekend. I read only Facebook but I didn’t find information about Apple Blossom Festival.
    For next year I’ll add to my calendar information about Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee, Washington. I like it so much. This year I have seen Cherry Blossom in the UW and Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley.
    I hope you’ll write more information about important events in WA and I can read this calendar in future.

    Svetlana Piterova
    ESL student

  4. Abdul Hakim says:

    To the Editor:
    I am very excited when I red in the Northwest News about the celebration April 24th to May 4th is the Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee, Washington.I will participated it and will have a good fun too. I like Apple Blossoming festival because I am agriculturist.I hope whenever apple fruit ripe,then go to Wenatchee too,and will have varieties apple as well.
    Thank you
    Abdul Hakim
    ESL -student

  5. Narantuya Sandag says:

    To the Editor:

    Thank you very much for information about of events in May and June. I like to read the list of celebrations and festivals around in Seattle because I could attend in some of events that interesting to see. When I was lived near Seattle Center, I enjoyed to see some of events on the weekends in Space Needle. Now, I know how choose the events in every month, so I will spend more time in lot of fun with my family and friends.The famous events will celebrate in different nice places. I like learning more about North West Folk Life Festival.

    Narantuya Sandag
    ESL student

  6. Kathryn Bartholomew says:

    To the Editor:

    Thank you for mentioning Mother’s Day! My two sisters and I plan to visit the graves of our mother and our grandmother and to leave flowers in thanks and memory of their love and kindness.

    Maybe I will attend the Northwest Folk Life Festival this year. It sounds wonderful.

    Kathryn Bartholomew
    Interested reader

  7. Yuko says:

    Thank you so much for introducing many events in this area and there are really lots of fun events here. My husband and I went to North West folk life festival for two days having a fun time enjoying music from all over the world in the same place; in addition, we were touched by the festival because all the artists and organizers are volunteers and it has been already 43 years since it started. Washingtonians have an interesting idea as well as they are very liberal and generous!

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