Commemoration of Casimir Pulaski

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General Casimir Pulaski
1931 Commemorative Issue, 2c

Casimir Pulaski ( March 6, 1745 – October 11, 1779) was a Polish nobleman, soldier and military commander who has been called "the father of the American cavalry". He has had hundreds of monuments, memorial plaques, streets, parks and similar objects named after him.[1]


Cities and towns


Pulaski equestrian statue at Pulaski Park in Manchester, New Hampshire
Pulaski Park in Northampton, Massachusetts
Sits on Main Street between City Hall and the historic Academy of Music Theater. Northampton and the surrounding area are home to many Polish-American immigrants and their descendants.
Pulaski Park in Manchester, New Hampshire
Located at the corner of Union and Bridge streets, is home to equestrian statue of Pulaski.
Casimir Pulaski Memorial Park in Chepachet, Rhode Island
Lies within the 4,000 acres (16 km2) George Washington Management Area. The 100 acres (400,000 m2) park features the 13 acres (53,000 m2) Peck Pond, hiking, and cross-country skiing, and general recreation facilities.
Pulaski Park in Hammond, Indiana
Located in the north part of Hammond, twp blocks square between Sheffield Avenue and Grover Avenue, and 137th and 139th Streets.
Pulaski Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
sits along 20th Street, between Cleveland and Oklahoma Avenues.
Pulaski Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Located along the Delaware River, adjacent to the Polish neighborhood of Port Richmond.
Pulaski Park in Fall River, Massachusetts
A monument was erected in 1931, and a new flagpole and sign were dedicated in 2017[3]

Roadways and bridges[edit]

Pulaski Memorial in Patterson Park, Baltimore, Maryland
Pulaski Skyway
A 3.5-mile series of bridges between Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey that connects to the Holland Tunnel, opened in 1932.
Pulaski Skyway
Part of Interstate 93 in Boston, Massachusetts.[citation needed]
Casimir Pulaski Highway
North-South Arterial, part of Routes 5, 8 and 12 in Utica, New York.[citation needed] There is also a statue of him on Utica's Memorial Parkway.[1]
Pulaski Bridge
Connects the neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens. Greenpoint is one of the largest Polonias in America.
Pulaski Boulevard
Home to a monument to Pulaski, located in Pulaski's Village, a development of the Mystic Islands in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, the location of the Little Egg Harbor massacre. The monument is the starting point for the town's Memorial Day celebration and parade.[4][5]
Pulaski Road
A major north-south road in Chicago, Illinois.
Pulaski Avenue
Runs through Germantown, Philadelphia, the site of the Battle of Germantown in which Pulaski participated.
Casimir Pulaski Memorial Highway
Interstate 65 through Lake County, Indiana.
Pulaski Highway
U.S. Route 40 from Midvale, Delaware, to Baltimore, Maryland. The latter's Patterson Park also contains a monument to Pulaski.
General Casimir Pulaski Way
NW 22nd Avenue in Miami, Florida.
Other streets


General Pulaski Memorial Day
Celebrated on October 11. The United States has long commemorated Pulaski's contributions to the American War of Independence, but Polish immigration in the 20th century heightened the interest. In 1929, Congress passed a resolution creating this holiday dedicated to Pulaski's memory and to the heritage of Polish-Americans.[6] In New York City, the first Sunday of October sees the Pulaski Day Parade on Fifth Avenue.[1]
Casimir Pulaski Day
Celebrated predominantly in Chicago, Illinois since 1977 on the first Monday of March, when all state government buildings are closed. School districts have the option of observing Pulaski Day as a holiday.
Pulaski Day
A mid-July holiday in Buffalo, New York, whose population consists of many Polish immigrants and their descendants, comprising an annual parade.
Pulaski Days
A three-day celebration in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the first full weekend in October, in which the city's private Polish halls open their doors to the public. Most of the halls involved (14 total in the Grand Rapids area) were established in the mid-to-late 19th century. They use this event as a fund raiser to maintain their non-profit organizations. The celebration of Polish heritage draws attendance from throughout Michigan as well as other areas of the country with populations of Polish origin.[7]


Pulaski monument in Savannah, Georgia
Pulaski statue in Flint, Michigan.
Statue in Providence, Rhode Island




Statue at the Kazimierz Pułaski Museum in Warka, Poland.
  • Although there are several disputed birth and baptismal records, Pulaski's birth is honored in Warka, Poland, by the Kazimierz Pułaski Museum, which opened in 1967.[17] The museum occupies the manor house which Pulaski's family lived in during the 1760s, and includes rooms dedicated to his activities in Poland and the United States. It also includes rooms dedicated to Polish-American emigration and contributions of Polish émigrés to American culture and history.
  • After a previous attempt failed,[18] the United States Congress passed a joint resolution conferring honorary citizenship on Pulaski in 2009, sending it to the President for approval.[19] President Barack Obama signed the bill on November 6, 2009, making Pulaski the seventh person so honored.[20]
  • Detroit folk singer Sufjan Stevens featured a track called "Casimir Pulaski Day" on his 2005 album Illinois.
  • Chicago punk band Big Black featured a track called "Kasimir S. Pulaski Day" on their 1987 album Songs About Fucking.
  • Maryland hard rock band Clutch recorded a track titled "Pulaski Skyway" for their 2005 album Robot Hive/Exodus.
  • A special millennial tribute to Pulaski was staged in the year 2000 involving a large party in Chicago's Grant Park. Featured live were DJ Food and a varied dance setlist, including artists such as Two Hours Traffic alongside Snoop Dogg and Moby. This was followed by a multimedia presentation on Pulaski's life and accomplishments set to orchestral music performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and specially composed for the occasion by Yanni.


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  2. ^ Illinois Central Magazine. Illinois Central Railroad Company. 1922. p. 42.
  3. ^ Allard, Deborah (15 October 2017). "Polish war hero Pulaski honored in Fall River". Taunton Gazette. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b Wrobleski, Joseph (April 14, 2010). "Pulaski Legion Memorial Little Egg Harbor Massacre". Historical Marker Database. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  5. ^ a b Kent, Bill (December 28, 1997), "JERSEYANA; One Soldier's Battle to Preserve the Memory of Others", The New York Times, retrieved 2012-02-28
  6. ^ Resolution of 111th [Congress]: 1st Session; S. J. RES. 12 Proclaiming Casimir Pulaski to be an honorary citizen of the United States
  7. ^ "official web site".
  8. ^ Art Inventories Catalog. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)
  9. ^ "Casimir Pulaski Square in Cleveland Ohio". 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  10. ^ "Self-guided tour of notable art" (PDF). Rhode Island Foundation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Casimir Pulaski statue, Detroit, Michigan". Retrieved April 22, 2016 – via Flickr.
  12. ^ "City of Garfield Unveils Statue". The Post Eagle. 2014-07-22. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  13. ^ Alex Storozynski (3 August 2010). The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution. Macmillan. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-312-62594-8. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Pulaski, 1825; U.S. Coast Guard" (PDF). U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  15. ^ Elementary and Middle School, 19725 Strasburg Street, Detroit MI, 48205-1633
  16. ^ "About".
  17. ^ "Muzeum imienia Kazimierza Pułaskiego w Warce". Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  18. ^ S.J.Res. 5
  19. ^ H.J.Res. 26
  20. ^ Mann, William C. (2009-11-10). "Revolutionary War hero becomes honorary US citizen". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-05-15.

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