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Abraham Lincoln Day - 2023

02/12/2023 - 12:00 a.m.
Wisconsin School Observance Day honoring the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln was born February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky; assassinated 1865. Observed as a federal holiday (Presidents' Day) on the third Monday in February. (...

Susan B. Anthony Day - 2023

02/15/2023 - 12:00 a.m.
Wisconsin Public School Observance Day honoring the Feb. 15, 1820, birth of Susan B. Anthony, an early suffragist, who organized campaigns across the United States advocating for women's right to vote, get an education, and own property. In 1872,...

George Washington Day - 2023

02/22/2023 - 12:00 a.m.
Wisconsin School Observance Day honoring the first president of the United States. Washington was born February 22, 1732; died 1799. He is honored for his efforts to create a new nation dedicated to the rights of the people. Observed as a federal...

Casimir Pulaski Day - 2023

03/04/2023 - 12:00 a.m.
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Commemorates the life of the Poland native who was born in 1747. He came to America in 1777, after fighting for Poland's independence, and joined forces with General George Washington....

"The Great Hunger" in Ireland - 2023

03/17/2023 - 12:00 a.m.
"The Great Hunger" in Ireland from 1845 to 1850, also known as the Great Famine or Irish Potato Famine, is considered by many to be the most tragic event in Irish history. When an observance day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it should be observed...

Prisoners of War Remembrance Day - 2023

04/09/2023 - 12:00 a.m.
Wisconsin Public School Observance Day commemorating the date during World War II when the largest number of Americans were captured in the Conquest of Bataan. Customarily observed through gubernatorial proclamation, the day recognizes those who...

American Creed Day - 2023

04/13/2023 - 12:00 a.m.
Wisconsin Public School Observance Day recognizing the American's Creed, written in 1917 by William Tyler Page, a messenger in the U.S. House of Representatives. His essay was judged the "best summary of American political faith" in national contest...

Patriots' Day - 2023

04/19/2023 - 12:00 a.m.
Wisconsin Public School Observance Day to mark the date in 1775 when shots were fired in Lexington, beginning of the Revolutionary War.   Enacted August 30, 2001, from the 2001 Laws of Wisconsin, Act 16 budget bill.   More information and...

Environmental Awareness Day - 2023

04/22/2023 - 12:00 a.m.
Wisconsin Public School Observance Day, marking the anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 1970) and urging schools to conduct programs across subject areas to enhance students' understanding of the environment and to promote an ethic of environmental...

Arbor Day - 2023

04/28/2023 - 12:00 a.m.
The Arbor Day movement began in the 1800s to promote conservation and beautification of the environment. Arbor Day is a Wisconsin School Observance Day and national observance day to encourage people to plant and care for trees. Observed in...