The History of Black Friday

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In 1966, the Black Friday name became famous in print. That’s when a story appeared in an ad in The American Philatelist, a stamp collectors’ magazine.  The Philadelphia Police Department used the name to describe the traffic jams and crowding in the downtown stores.  For centuries, the adjective “black” has been applied to days upon which calamities occurred, but shopping hysteria ?

Why the traffic jams and crowding ?  Historically, shoppers did half their holiday shopping on Black Friday, which in America is the Friday after Thanksgiving. Black Friday has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States since 2005.  You can imagine mega-millions of people pushing, shoving, shortage of stock, all to be the one who gets the item, for which she must pay anyway.

It’s now firmly entrenched into our holiday tradition.  Although, some stores which use to close or curtail their hours, now remain open thru the holiday or open at midnight Friday morning.  It seems that shopping is pushing family for dominance of Thanksgiving.

So America.  Do you participate in shopping on Black Friday, where good deals on big-screen tv’s are everywhere ?



Author: Dennis Hickey

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One thought on “The History of Black Friday”

  1. I haven’t participated in black Friday in years but I used to do it every year. I think this year I’m going with my brother. Can’t beat the flat screen deals a WalMart

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