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Depiction of harvesting in the August calendar page of the Queen Mary Psalter (fol. 78v), ca. 1310.

August is the eighth month of the year (between July and September) in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.[1]

In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere. In many European countries, August is the holiday month for most workers. The Perseid meteor shower peaks during July and August.

This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 45 BC giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC it was renamed in honor of Augustus (despite common belief, he did not take a day from February; see the debunked theory on month lengths). According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.[2]

August is the month with highest birth rate in the United States.[3]


This list does not necessarily imply either official status nor general observance.

Month-long observances[edit]

Other events in August[edit]

Movable observances, 2016[edit]

1st Monday - August 1[edit]

1st Tuesday - August 2[edit]

1st Friday - August 5[edit]

1st Saturday - August 6[edit]

Sunday on or closest to August 9 - August 6[edit]

1st Sunday - August 7[edit]

2nd Monday - August 8[edit]

2nd Tuesday - August 9[edit]

2nd Sunday - August 14[edit]

3rd Monday - August 15[edit]

Monday after the second Sunday - August 15[edit]

3rd Friday - August 19[edit]

Third Weekend - August 20–21[edit]

3rd Saturday - August 20[edit]

3rd Sunday - August 21[edit]

Last Sunday - August 28[edit]

Sunday Nearest August 26 - August 28[edit]

Last Monday - August 29[edit]

Non-Gregorian observances, 2016[edit]

(please note that all Jewish observances, which are set by the Hebrew calendar, begin at sunset the day prior to the date listed)

Fixed Observances[edit]

August symbols[edit]


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  2. ^ "Year of Julius Caesar, A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1890), William Smith, LLD, William Wayte, G. E. Marindin, Ed.". 
  3. ^ "In Which Month Are the Most Babies Born?". 
  4. ^ "". 
  5. ^ "August Is Audio Appreciation Month - Learnist". 
  6. ^ "Children's Eye Health and Safety Month". 
  7. ^ "August is Vision & Learning Month - College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)". 
  8. ^ "Online Events". 
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  11. ^ "12th annual National Black Business Month". National Black Business Month. 
  12. ^ Bober, Mike. Celebrate National Goat Cheese Month with Local Favorites,
  13. ^ "National Immunization Awareness Month - NIAM - CDC". 
  14. ^ "Why Is National Panini Month In August?". Food Republic. August 20, 2012. 
  15. ^ "August is National Water Quality Month". GoodSpeaks. 
  16. ^ "AANS". 
  17. ^ "Psoriasis Awareness Month - Take Action, One Day at a Time - National Psoriasis Foundation". 
  18. ^ "Cure SMA - Home". 
  19. ^ "What Will Be Your Legacy Month". 
  20. ^ "". 
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Food Days, Weeks, Months - August". UNL Food. University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 
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