Opentip wants to help promote your Memorial Day activities, and remember how much we owe the brave men and women of the armed forces with our selection of promotional products. Memorial Day was founded in Waterloo, New York on May 5, 1866 to remember the Civil War. The actual name "Memorial Day" was not widely used until the 1880's, and the holiday wasn't widely celebrated until after the First World War. In 1968, Memorial Day received its current date as the last Monday in May. Since then, Memorial Day has also played the role of unofficially welcoming the beginning of summer. Countless Americans will celebrate Memorial Day this year with cookouts, road trips, and spending quality time with family and friends away from work.