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When Is Casimir Pulaski Day in Illinois? - United States Holiday

by Mike Wang on March 12, 2019

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Casimir Pulaski Day is a legal 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 contributed to the United States' independence.

Is Casimir Pulaski Day a Public Holiday?

Casimir Pulaski Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Celebrate Casimir Pulaski Day

Casimir Pulaski Day is included in classroom studies in some schools in Illinois. Some classes engage in historical activities related Casimir Pulaski's role in the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century.

The day is also celebrated among Americans in other states, including Polish-American communities. Various events may include group gatherings, street parades, and public ceremonies.

Public Life

Casimir Pulaski Day is a legal holiday in Illinois so some schools, libraries, banks and courts are closed.

Federal and state offices, as well as many commercial operations, usually remain open. 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 timetable changes.

About Casimir Pulaski Day

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.

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type Area
2015 Mon 2 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
2016 Mon 7 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
2017 Mon 6 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
2018 Mon 5 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
2019 Mon 4 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
2020 Mon 2 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
2021 Mon 1 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
2022 Mon 7 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
2023 Mon 6 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
2024 Mon 4 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
2025 Mon 3 Mar Casimir Pulaski Day Local observance Illinois*
* Observed in some communities of Illinois only.


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