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Casimir Pulaski Day in United States

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Casimir Pulaski Day is a legal holiday for schools and some offices in Illinois, USA, on the first Monday of March each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
Casimir Pulaski DayEnglish
Día de Casimir PulaskiSpanish
קזימיר פולסקי היוםHebrew
كازيمير بولاسكي يومArabic
카시미르 풀라 스키의 날Korean
Casimir Pulaski DayGerman

Casimir Pulaski Day 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Casimir Pulaski Day 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015
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Casimir Pulaski Day is an annual holiday in Illinois, in the United States, on the first Monday of March. It celebrates the birthday of Casimir Pulaski, a Polish born soldier who is remembered for his contribution to American independence.

Print of Casimir Pulaski charging with cavalry

Pictured above is an image of Casimir Pulaski charging with cavalry.

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What do people do?

Casimir Pulaski Day is a legal holiday for city and county offices, as well as schools in Illinois. It is common for schools to include in their class teachings historical activities related to well-known patriots in American history, such as Casimir Pulaski, prior to the holiday. These activities give students a chance to learn about the country’s history and how it was shaped by the events that took place and people who contributed to these events.

The day is also celebrated among Americans in other states, including Polish-American communities. Various celebratory events may include group gatherings, street parades, and special ceremonies. Some community leaders may hold special activities to honor Pulaski and give public speeches. Some media usually write or broadcast information about Pulaski on or around Casimir Pulaski Day.

Public life

Casimir Pulaski Day is a legal holiday in Illinois so schools are closed, as are city and county offices, as well as courts, with the exception of Bond Court. Banks may remain closed but it is important to note that they are not required to do so. Some libraries may be closed.

Federal and state offices, as well as many commercial operations, usually remain open. Financial markets usually conduct normal trading hours. People wishing to travel via public transport in Illinois on Casimir Pulaski Day may need to check with the local public transit authorities on possible changes to timetables.

Background

Casimir Pulaski (Kazimierz Pułaski) is known for his contributions to American independence. He was known as the “Father of American Cavalry”. He was born in Warka, Poland, on March 4, 1747. His father was one of the founding members of the Confederation of Bar, which begin in 1768 and took up arms against Russia, which controlled Poland at the time. After his father’s death, Casimir took over military command and his brilliance earned him an impressive reputation. However, it was not long before he was accused of being involved in a plot to kill the king and was forced into exile.

Pulaski travelled to Paris and met Benjamin Franklin, who enlisted him to help in the American Revolution in North America. He soon joined George Washington’s army. His first military engagement against the British troops was at the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777. After a dashing charge at Brandywine that allowed the American army to escape from the British, he was rewarded with a commission as brigadier general and the command of all American cavalry.

In 1779 Pulaski and his troops broke the British siege of Charleston, South Carolina. He was then sent to Savannah in a joint campaign with French allies. Seeing the French attack failing, Pulaski went into battle to rally the soldiers and was hit by a shot from a cannon. He died two days later (October 11, 1779) and was buried at sea. The United States Congress passed a joint resolution conferring honorary US citizenship on Pulaski in 2009, sending it to the president for approval. President Barack Obama signed the bill on November 6, 2009.

Symbols

Various paintings, monuments, bridges and parks were created to honor Casimir Pulaski’s life and work. For example, there is a US Navy submarine, known as the USS Casimir Pulaski. There is also the Pulaski Memorial in Patterson Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Schools, museums, and even cities and counties in some parts of the United States are also named after Pulaski.

A commemorative stamp was issued on January 16, 1931, to honor Pulaski. The US Postal Service also issued a postal card on September 11, 1979. The card featured Pulaski on horseback at the siege of Savannah in 1779.

Casimir Pulaski Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonMar 51990Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 41991Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 21992Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 11993Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 71994Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 61995Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 41996Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 31997Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 21998Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 11999Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 62000Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 52001Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 42002Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 32003Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 12004Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 72005Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 62006Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 52007Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 32008Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 22009Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 12010Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 72011Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 52012Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 42013Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 32014Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 22015Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 72016Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 62017Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 52018Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 42019Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois
MonMar 22020Casimir Pulaski DayState holidayIllinois

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