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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.

Many Christians in the United States attend mass (church service) on Assumption Day.
Many Christians in the United States attend mass (church service) on Assumption Day.

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.

Public Life

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SunAug 152010Assumption of MaryChristian 
MonAug 152011Assumption of MaryChristian 
WedAug 152012Assumption of MaryChristian 
ThuAug 152013Assumption of MaryChristian 
FriAug 152014Assumption of MaryChristian 
SatAug 152015Assumption of MaryChristian 
MonAug 152016Assumption of MaryChristian 
TueAug 152017Assumption of MaryChristian 
WedAug 152018Assumption of MaryChristian 
ThuAug 152019Assumption of MaryChristian 
SatAug 152020Assumption of MaryChristian 

Quick Facts

Assumption 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 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Assumption of Mary 2019

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Name in other languages

Assumption of MaryEnglish
La Asunción de la VirgenSpanish
חג עליית מריםHebrew
انتقال العذراءArabic
성모 승천Korean
Jomfru Marias himmelfartNorwegian
Mariä HimmelfahrtGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in August 2018 in the United States

Fun Holiday on August 15, 2018

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