Assumption of Mary in the United States
Catholic churches in the United States celebrate the feast of the Assumption on August 15 each year to honor the belief that Jesus' mother was taken to heaven.
What Do People Do?
Many Christians in the United States attend mass (church service) and have big feasts to celebrate Mary’s rise into heaven on Assumption Day. Although it is not celebrated as extravagantly as other countries, there are many states that have festivals with music, dancing, food vendors, artwork, parades and firework shows to celebrate this event.
One of the largest Assumption Day celebrations is in Cleveland, Ohio, where there is a four-day festival that starts on August 12. The festival celebrates the Feast of Assumption in the city's Little Italy neighborhood.
Assumption Day, which is on August 15, is not a public holiday in the United States so schools, government offices and businesses are open. Public transport providers run to their usual schedules. In New York City, the laws regarding which side of the street you can park on are suspended for Assumption Day.
Assumption Day is considered a Holy Day of Obligation, but if it falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, it is not obligatory by the church to attend mass. This was amended in the church calendar by US (United States) bishops in 1991.
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Assumption of Mary Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Sun||Aug 15||2010||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Mon||Aug 15||2011||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Wed||Aug 15||2012||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Thu||Aug 15||2013||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Fri||Aug 15||2014||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Sat||Aug 15||2015||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Mon||Aug 15||2016||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Tue||Aug 15||2017||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Wed||Aug 15||2018||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Thu||Aug 15||2019||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Sat||Aug 15||2020||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
Quick FactsAssumption Day is a Christian observance in the United States that is held annually on August 15. Catholics observe the Dormition (falling asleep) or the day that the Blessed Virgin Mary was received into heaven.
Assumption of Mary 2016Monday, August 15, 2016
Assumption of Mary 2017Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Name in other languages
|Assumption of Mary||English|
|La Asunción de la Virgen||Spanish|
|חג עליית מרים||Hebrew|
|Jomfru Marias himmelfart||Norwegian|
Other holidays in August 2016 in the United States
- Colorado Day – Monday, August 1, 2016
- Coast Guard Birthday – Thursday, August 4, 2016
- Purple Heart Day – Sunday, August 7, 2016
- Victory Day – Monday, August 8, 2016
- Tisha B'Av – Sunday, August 14, 2016
- Bennington Battle Day – Tuesday, August 16, 2016
- Statehood Day in Hawaii – Friday, August 19, 2016
- Senior Citizens Day – Sunday, August 21, 2016
- Women's Equality Day – Friday, August 26, 2016
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Day – Saturday, August 27, 2016