May Ray Day is for getting outside, soaking up the sun's rays, and celebrating the warmer weather. May is the last full month of spring, meaning that it is starting to warm up pretty nicely, but it's not yet so scorching hot that you can't bear to be outside. Being in the sun can be both good and bad for your health. In addition to being a day to be outside, the day is for celebrating anyone named Ray. The idea for the day was thought up by Richard Ankli, in honor of his brother Ray, who was born on May 19. Ankli's idea was turned into a day by the Broadway Fun Spot in St. Joseph, Michigan, in 1977.

May Ray Day is observed next on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020. It has been observed annually on May 19th since 1977.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by going outside and enjoying the sun and warmer weather. Go for a hike, jog, or bike ride. Have a picnic, do some yard work, or just lay in the sun. As long as you take in some sun you are celebrating properly, so hopefully, it is very sunny today. You could also wish anyone that you know named Ray a "Happy Ray Day."

Occurrence Patterns

ObservedFirst YearLast Year
annually on May 19th1977-




  • Founded by Richard Ankli in 1977


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