(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


National Play Monopoly Day on November 19th recognizes the iconic board game that lands us on Park Place, Boardwalk or even in jail.

Known as one of the most popular board games in the world, Monopoly was originally based on a board game designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1902. Since then, the game has been played by an estimated 500 million people since 1935. 

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The object of the game is to collect as many properties as you can to create a monopoly. When players land on your property, you get to collect rent. The more properties you own, the more money you make, too. But watch out, there are taxes and other fees involved. To win the game, you need to bankrupt your opponents and be the last landowner standing. Many families have house rules that make the game more interesting, too. 

Monopoly also comes in numerous versions. Do you enjoy a particular book or movie franchise or hobby? The game likely comes in themes focusing on famous characters and likely scenarios. How about sports teams or pop culture? Monopoly money goes there, too!

Monopoly was  published by Parker Brothers, an American toy and game manufacturer since 1883.

HOW TO OBSERVE #PlayMonopolyDay

Put your banker cap on. Gather your family and friends together and play Monopoly. See if you can come out the winner. What are your house rules? How long do games last in your house or do they end up in turmoil? Use #PlayMonopolyDay to post on social media.

We even have more board game fun in 7 Stories Behind Our Favorite Games.

Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for even more fun ways to Celebrate Every Day!


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this board game holiday. 

Monopoly FAQ

Q. What were the original Monopoly playing pieces?
A. When Parker Brothers originally published Monopoly in 1935, the game contained eight playing pieces known as tokens including a battleship, boot, cannon, thimble, top hat, and iron. Soon a race car, purse, lantern, and rocking horse were added, bringing the total to twelve.

Q. When was the terrier added to the game?
A. Ah, the little dog, a classic figure in the game of Monopoly was added in 1940.

Q. If I buy a Monopoly game today, what tokens will be included in the game?
A. As of 2017, the Monopoly board game includes the top hat, battleship, race car, dog (all introduced before 1941), cat (introduced in 2000), t-rex, penguin, and rubber ducky (all introduced in 2017).


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