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May 1, 2017

What’s happening in May

Apple Blossom Festival

April 27 to May 7 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 6, at 11 a.m. The theme for this year is “Awesome Blossom.” The Apple Blossom Festival started in 1919.

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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.

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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 piñatas, food, music, and dancing.

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Garden Expo

May 13 is Garden Expo in Spokane. Get tips on your plants from the experts and horticulture organizations from talks at Spokane Community College. Ride the garden train. The theme for this year is “Gardening through the Ages—Never Enough Thyme.” Free admission.

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Mother’s Day

May 14 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.

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Northwest Folk Life Festival

May 26-29 is the Northwest Folk Life Festival at the Seattle Center. There is folk dancing, music, and arts and crafts from around the world.

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Memorial Day

May 29 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 26 to June 11 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 10, 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.

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World Environment Day

June 5 is World Environment Day. It was started by the U.N. General Assembly in 1972, so 2017 marks its 45th anniversary. The theme for this year is, “Connecting People to Nature.” World Environment Day is held annually on June 5th to bring attention to environmental issues and to promote sustainable development in communities.

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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.

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Fremont Fair

June 17-18 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 on Saturday, June 18, at 3 p.m.

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June 20, 2017 at 9:24 p.m. 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.

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Father’s Day

June 18 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.

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Seattle Pride Fest

On June 25, over 100,000 people gather to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered rights for Seattle Pride Fest.


Published May 2017

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