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Memorial Day Board Game Ideas

Memorial Day weekend is a US holiday where Americans get to relax and remember over a 3-day weekend spent with their families. Many people visit cemeteries or memorials to pay their respects to fallen soldiers. Memorial Day traditionally signifies the beginning of summer and usually involves a lot of sales, barbeques, and sunshine. It’s also a great time to play some American history board games!

The history of Memorial Day in the US actually dates back to the American Civil War. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday was instituted three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, by the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

It became an official federal holiday in 1971 and is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the US military. Today, we’re looking at some fun (and educational) Memorial Day board game ideas that you can play with your family!

🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Memorial Day Board Games

Best Historical

1775: Rebellion
  • 1775 is an area control game that is great for head-to-head or up...
  • 1775 Rebellion is the second title in the Birth of America series...
  • The perfect introduction to historical and strategy boardgames!

Best Adventure

The Oregon Trail: Journey to Willamette Valley
  • It's a race to Willamette Valley as you join the wagon train and...
  • Place tiles to discover the trails, rivers, forts, and towns that...
  • Watch out for calamities along the way, and be prepared to hunt...

Best Overall

Memoir ’44
  • UNIQUE HISTORICAL GAME: In Memoir '44, players command a horde of...
  • STRATEGY GAME: Deploying forces through a variety of Command...
  • FUN FAMILY GAME: Easy to learn and fast-paced, Memoir ‘44...

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Memorial Day Board Game Ideas

American History Board Games


We hope you enjoyed our list of Memorial Day board game ideas! What are some of your Memorial Day traditions for the 3-day weekend? What will you be playing with your family during the Memorial Day holiday? Drop a comment below and let us know! We’d love to hear from you.


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