110 May Trivia Questions and Fun Facts With Answers (2024)

May trivia questions highlight the wonders of this colorful month! From “May the 4th be with you” to Cinco de Mayo fiestas, you’ll love these fascinating facts about May.

Fun Fact: “May” is likely named after the Roman goddess Maia, who embodied growth.

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“May is the month of expectation, the month of wishes, the month of hope.”

— Emily Brontë

May Symbols (Picture Quiz Round)

Can you name these iconic May symbols in this trivia picture round?

May symbols easy picture quiz


Lily of the Valley



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The Nightingale (source)


8. What are the two main colors for May?

Green and yellow

Easy May Fun Facts Trivia

9. What month does May come after?

Answer: April (Related: April Trivia Questions and Answers)

10. What month does May come before?

Answer: June (Related: June Trivia Questions and Answers)

11. May 1st is also known as what?

Answer: May Day

12. Name one seasonal produce you can find in May in the United States.

Answer: Asparagus, strawberries, radish, rhubarb, artichokes, peas, carrots, broccoli, spinach.

13. What meteorological season is the month of May in the Northern Hemisphere?

Answer: Spring (See more Spring Trivia Questions)

14. What meteorological season is the month of May in the Southern Hemisphere?

Answer: Fall (Related: Fall Trivia Quiz)

15. How many days does the month of May have?

Answer: 31 day

16. If you are born April 21st-May 20th, you are considered what zodiac sign?

Answer: Taurus

17. If you are born May 21st to June 20th, you are considered what zodiac sign?

Answer: Gemini

18. For birth flowers, The Lily-of-the-Valley represents the return of happiness and sweetness. The Hawthorn flower is a symbol of ___________.

Answer: Hope

19. May is what month of the year in the modern calendar?

Answer: The 5th

20. In May, many students in the United States celebrate the end of what?

Answer: The school year

21. On the first Saturday of May, what popular event takes place? It includes horses.

Answer: The Kentucky Derby

22. What does Memorial Day honor in May?

Answer: It honors and remembers those who have died while serving in the military. (See Memorial Day Trivia Questions)

23. What dangerous weather event occurs most frequently from late May into June (in the southern plains)?

Answer: Tornadoes

24. True or False: Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs happen in May.

Answer: False: But the NBA playoffs do happen in May.

25. True or False: May is National Mental Health Month in the United States.

Answer: True

26. True or False: May is National Oceans Month.

False: But it is National Pet Month

27. True or False: There are rarely meteor showers in May.

Answer: False. Every year there is a particular meteor shower in May called the Eta Aquariids meteor shower.

28. What is the May full moon called? (Hint: It’s the name of something commonly found in May)

Answer: The Flower Moon

29. What holiday occurs in May in which moms often receive a card, phone call, or maybe even breakfast in bed?

Answer: Mother’s Day

30. True or False: Babies born in May tend to be bigger.

Answer: False. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, babies born in May tend to be shorter, lighter, and have smaller heads. (Some scientists think it is related to the amount of vitamin D a pregnant mother gets)

31. True or False: In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does.

Answer: True

32. What major tennis open begins in late May and ends in June?

Answer: The French Open

33. The Monaco Grand Prix takes place in May. Where is it held?

Answer: Monte Carlo

34. What color are emeralds, the birthstone of May?

Answer: Green (and the more saturated hues are more valuable)

35. True or False: The Emerald was the favorite gem of Cleopatra.

Answer: True

Does February march?

No, but April may!

Best May Picture Trivia Round

Name the May national days pictured in this trivia round (Bonus points if you know the date).

national May holidays trivia quiz

May Day – May 1st

Lei Day – May 1st in Hawaii

National Brothers and Sisters Day – May 2nd

International Firefighters Day – May 4th

Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars

Star Wars Day – May 4th

Cinco De Mayo – May 5th

National Nurses Day – May 6th

clean your room May trivia questions with pictures and answers

National Clean Your Room Day – May 10th

Brunch for Lunch Day – May 11th

Mother’s Day – (second Sunday in May)

International Hummus Day – May 13th

Bond with your dog May holidays trivia

Bond With Your Dog Day – May 14th

National Dance Like A Chicken Day – May 14th

International Day of Families – May 15th

National Barbecue Day – May 16th

Be nice to your neighbor day

National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day – May 16th

National Mimosa Day – May 16th

Nascar Day – May 17th

National Bike to Work & School Day – May 17th

May trivia questions for national holidays

Armed Forces Day – May 18th

National No Dirty Dishes Day – May 18th

World Meditation Day – May 21st

Sherlock Holmes Day – May 22nd

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National Taffy Day – May 23rd

National Road Trip Day – May 24th (See Road Trip Trivia)

National Scavenger Hunt Day – May 24th

National Wine Day – May 25th

Memorial day trivia quiz questions for May

National Missing Children Day – May 25th

National Paper Airplane Day – May 26th

Memorial Day (the last Monday of May)

National Sunscreen Day – May 27th

National Flip flop and smile day

National Flip Flop Day – May 29th

National Smile Day – May 31st


Fun May Pop Culture Trivia

These pop culture events all took place in May.

70. In 2008, which popular Marvel movie was released into theaters?

Answer: Iron Man

71. In 2009, what popular television show featuring high school students premiered on FOX?

Answer: Glee

72. In 1986, 54-year-old Willie Shoemaker became the oldest jockey ever to win what May race?

Answer: The Kentucky Derby

73. In 1997, chess champion Garry Kasparov was defeated by what?

Answer: IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue

74. In 1991, The final episode of what popular tv show was broadcast on the CBS network? It was resurrected 21 years later on TNT.

Answer: Dallas

75. In 2005, this now mega country superstar won season four of America Idol on FOX.

Answer: Carrie Underwood

76. In 1993, 80 million people tuned in to the series finale of this TV show on NBC.

Answer: Cheers

77. May of 2011 marked the end of the highest-rated talk show in American television history. What was it?

Answer: The Oprah Winfrey show

78. Thanks to fans, this older actress appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2010. She won an Emmy for her appearance.

Answer: Betty White

79. In 2013, what building became the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, at 1,776 feet?

Answer: One World Trade Center

80. In 2005, this actor famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey’s couch, proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes.

Answer: Tom Cruise

81. In 1977, fans were wowed by the premiere of this now mega movie series.

Answer: Star Wars (See Star Wars Trivia)

82. In 1980, what legendary arcade game was released? It first made its debut in Japan.

Answer: Pac-Man (See Video Game Trivia)

83. In 2002, what movie became the fastest movie ever to earn more than $100 million at the box office, (making $114.8 million in the opening weekend)?

Answer: Spider-Man

84. In 1995, what daytime soap opera aired its 100,000th episode?

Answer: As The World Turns

85. May is a pretty good month for this group. Every other month of the year, at least one has died. But never in May!

Answer: US Presidents

86. In 2018, who did Prince Harry marry at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor? It is estimated that 1.9 billion people watched.

Answer: Meghan Markle

87. In 2014, what broadcast journalist and TV personality retired from ABC News and The View?

Answer: Barbara Walters


fun Pop culture May trivia questions

Hint: It was titled ‘The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding’

Answer: 2001

89. In 1998, 76.3 million people tuned in for the series finale of what popular tv show?

Answer: Seinfeld

90. In 1995 this popular ABC show came to an end. The theme song to the show is called “Everywhere you look.”

Answer: Full House

91. In 1999, after 22 years of restoration work, The Last Supper was put back on display in Italy. Who painted it?

Answer: Leonardo Da Vinci

92. This famous celebrity didn’t make it in pro football. But that’s ok because he’s a huge actor and former WWE wrestler. He was born on May 2. Who is he?

Answer: Dwayne Johnson (See Birthday Trivia Quiz)

93. Who retired from hosting the Tonight Show on May 22, 1992?

Answer: Johnny Carson

94. What popular cable channel began broadcasts in May of 1982? Hint: You’ll find a lot of meteorologists on it.

Answer: The Weather Channel

95. In 2000 on CBS, a reality show premiered where a group is stranded in a remote location. The final contestant takes home a million dollars. What is it?

Answer: Survivor

Fun Fact: Some of the best emeralds come from South American mines, although perhaps the oldest known ones came from Egypt.

May History Facts Trivia

These historical events all happened in the month of May. Can you guess the May trivia questions correctly?

This month in history pictures on a tree

96. On May 20, 1932, who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic?

Answer: Amelia Earhart (See Women’s History Trivia)

97. In 1804, what two explorers embarked on a famous expedition from St. Louis to the Northwest?

Answer: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

98. Contrary to popular belief, “Cinco de Mayo” is not the day of independence for Mexico. What does it celebrate?

Answer: Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

99. This famous New York City building opened in 1931. It held the record for being the tallest building in the world. While many buildings have since dwarfed it, it’s still a major historical feature of the city. What building is it?

Answer: The Empire State Building

100. In 1904, The United States began construction of what major waterway for ships to pass through?

Answer: The Panama Canal

101. On May 10, 1994, what former prisoner was inaugurated as president of South Africa?

Answer: Nelson Mandela. He won the first free election in South Africa despite political attempts to thwart it.

102. In May of 1937, what American feat of engineering was opened in California? It connects San Francisco with Marin County.

Answer: The Golden Gate Bridge

103. In 1954, what famous U.S. Supreme Court case unanimously ruled that segregation of public schools “solely on the basis of race” denies black children “equal educational opportunity?”

Answer: Brown Vs Board of Education

104. On May 11, 1916, Einstein presented his now famous theory. What was it called?

Answer: The Theory of General Relativity

105. On May 17, 1875 – The first Kentucky Derby horse race took place at Churchill Downs in what city?

Answer: Louisville, Kentucky

106. The 33rd President of the United States was born in Lamar, Missouri in the month of May. He later would be known as the man who authorized the use of Atomic bombs on Japan.

Answer: Harry S. Truman

107. On May 2, 2011, U.S. Special Operations Forces killed the man who was responsible for the September 11th attacks. Who was he?

Answer: Osama bin Laden

108. In 1881, what organization was founded by Clara Barton? It provides volunteer disaster relief in the U.S. and abroad.

Answer: The American Red Cross

109. May 18, 1804, what famous man became Emperor of France? He snatched the crown from the hands of Pope Pius VII during the actual coronation ceremony.

Answer: Napolean Bonaparte

110. On May 4, 1979, the United Kingdom elected their first female Prime Minister. Who was she?

Answer: Margaret Thatcher

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“May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive.”

– Fennel Hudson

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