Traditionally May Day is a Spring Festival time. From the Oxford Dictionary of English Folk Lore:
May Day, Bringing in the May. Many of the earliest references to May Day are ambiguous, but those which give any detail nearly always refer to the practice of going out into the countryside to gather flowers and greenery—‘going a-maying’ or ‘bringing in the may’. This greenery was used to decorate houses and public buildings to welcome the season, and for the early period this was the archetypal activity of the day.
But May Day has also been tagged as International Workers Day since around 1904, and in response to the fear of the spread of Socialism/Communism May Day was declared "Loyalty Day" in the USA in 1958.
In Oshkosh on May 1 there is something for both Christians and Pagans to do.
At Noon (Thur May 1) Christians are gathering at the flag pole at City Hall in honor of the National Day of Prayer to "...pray for our Country and our Leaders."
Later in the day (6 p.m.) there will be a May Pole Dance & Potluck at Menominee Park at the concrete globe immediately NW of the zoo sponsored by the Oshkosh Rhythm Institute. Music, dancing, and food (bring a dish to share). Everyone is welcome to this, it sounds like a fun community event and fun for the whole family.
Whatever your pleasure, there is something to do to celebrate May Day in Oshkosh!