Casimir Pulaski Day: Who Was Casimir Pulaski?
Casimir Pulaski Day in Illinois and Wisconsin
Casimir Polaski (Kazimierz Pulaski) was a Polish nobleman who, after the failed uprising against Russia, emigrated to North America. Benjamin Franklin had heard of Casimir Pulaski's military exploits, and suggested that George Washington take Pulaski on as a cavalryman.
During the Battle of Brandywine in 1777, Casimir Pulaski saved George Washington's life, and was promoted to general. Casimir Pulaski was put in charge of the American cavalry in 1778, and had to use his own money to provide training and equipment for his troops. Casimir Pulaski died from wounds sustained during the Battle of Savanna in 1779, and is one of only six people to ever get honorary American citizenship
Casimir Pulaski Day is only observed in Illinois and Wisconsin, where schools are closed and city and county employees get the day off. You can try to get the day off by claiming that you're Polish and/or from Chicago, but your mileage may vary.
The holiday, which is only observed in Illinois, means that all Chicago Public Schools and many suburban schools are closed. Most City of Chicago and Cook County employees have the day off, and there is no garbage pickup in Chicago.