10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Black Friday


Gorged from their heavy Thanksgiving feasts, plenty of American shoppers usually visit stores across states in the US on the Friday right after the holiday, wishing to save for Christmas shopping. Below are ten astonishing facts about America’s informal accolade to all things commercial.

10During the 1800s, Black Friday usually referred to stock market crashes.

Black Friday crashes

Despite the fact that it is currently known as the biggest shopping day in America, the word “Black Friday” initially referred to quite different events.

In US, the very first time this particular term was used was on the 24th of September 1869, when two tradesmen James Fisk and Jay Gould, attempted to corner the gold stock market at the New York Stock Exchange.

Just after the government intervened to rectify the distortion by oversupplying the market with gold, the prices significantly dropped, and many investors inevitably lost sizeable fortunes in the end.

9The Santa Claus parades were Black Friday’s antecedent.

The Santa Claus parades

For majority of Americans, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has also become part of the holiday liturgy.

However, the event was in fact influenced by US’s neighbors at the Northern parts. Canada’s dominant retailer Eaton held the very first “Santa Claus Parade” on the 2nd of December 1905. When Santa eventually appeared when the parade ended, it was a sign that the holiday season or holiday shopping had finally begun. As you would expect, customers were convinced to buy their presents at the iconic Eaton’s store.

US department stores, like for instance Macy’s, became inspired by the parade and subsequently begun to sponsor efforts similar to this across the country.

8Holiday shoppers secondarily determined the Thanksgiving date.

Thanksgiving date

From the middle of the nineteenth century to the early times of the twentieth century, in a tradition began by the then US President Abraham Lincoln, he was expected to announce a “day of Thanksgiving” presumably on the last Thursday of November. This would fall on either the fourth or even the fifth Thursday of the month.

However, in the year 1939, something strange happened – the very last Thursday became the last day in November. Most retailers, nervous about the shrunken holiday shopping season, decided to petition then-US President Franklin Roosevelt to announce the holiday a week earlier – which he certainly did.

Thanksgiving was then for the next three years mockingly known as “Franksgiving” and was celebrated on rather different days in different places in the country.

Eventually, at the end of 1941, a mutual resolution from the Congress ironed out the matter. From then henceforth, Thanksgiving was to be celebrated on the Fourth Thursday on the month of November-promising an extra week of shopping before the Christmas season.

7The “Friday-after-Thanksgiving-itis” disease

Shopping disease

As claimed by Bonnie Taylor-Blake, who is a researcher and analyst at the University of North Carolina, The Factory Management and Maintenance journal lays claim to the first us of that term since it relates to the holiday.

In the year 1951, the leaflet highlighted the questioningly high number of sicknesses reported on that particular day. “Friday-afterThanksgiving-itis” is an illness that is second only to the deadly bubonic plague in its exhibited effects. Leastwise that’s the feeling you would probably experience to get production out just when Black Friday arrives.

6Big Friday

Black Friday gone wrong

The city which first made the term popular was Philadelphia. The police officers, infuriated by the crowding caused by shoppers on that day, began to call it “Black Friday.”

All retailers unsurprisingly seemed unhappy to be linked with the smog and traffic which is why they tried to rebrand the day to “Big Friday” as reported by a 1961 local Philadelphia Newspaper.

5“Black Friday” was not able to become a universal term up to the 1990s.

Black Friday 2 decades ago

The term “Black Friday” stayed on as a Philadelphia whim for quite a long time within the state. “As you can observe it stretches out a little to New Jersey and Trenton which I pretty much close, but it, however, does not really get mentioned in the outskirts of Philadelphia up until the 1980s,” claims Mr. Zimmer. “In the mid-1990s it finally became universal”.

4Some people claim that Black Fridays means “going into the black.”

Black Friday Fashion

Retailers across the country to put a positive twist on the “black” bit of the phrase by implying that it was when most retailers became profitable, however, there is no proof to support this claim. It is very true that sales made during the holidays form the bulk of customer expenditures for the year. Last year, customers on Black Friday reportedly spent approximately $59.1bn, as claimed by National Retail Federation. But what is still unclear is how much of that is profit acquired – given how most retailers compete with each other so as to offer bigger discounts and incentives.

3Black Friday was the biggest shopping day of the entire year in 2001.

Black Friday Trends

Even though it is commonly regarded as the biggest shopping day of the year, this day did not procure the designation consistently up until the 2000s.

That was because, for several years, the norm wasn’t that Americans adored deals, it was that they really loved procrastinating. Therefore up to that point, it was the Saturday before Christmas which generally saw the most wallets being drained.

2Black Friday has ultimately become an international event.

International event

Canadian retailers have for long flinched as their customers headed south on Black Fridays seeking decent shopping deals. So at the moment they have decided to begin offering their own sales – albeit Canadian Thanksgiving being a month earlier.

Mexico has “El Buen Fin” that has a close meaning to “the good weekend” when translated. It is linked with Mexico’s 1910 revolution anniversary, which occasionally falls on the same day as the American Thanksgiving.

Further away from the North American region, as online shopping has continued to expand, retailers such as Amazon have subsequently looked to Cyber Monday, a phrase that was first heard of in the year 2005, to encourage deals for shoppers across the world. China recently launched a ”Singles Day” deal that made sales of two million bras in just one hour which would make a pile almost three times higher than the colossal Mount Everest.

1Black Friday is close to becoming extinct.

Close to Extinction?

Wal-mart, one of the world’s biggest retailer, somehow broke the Black Friday custom in the year 2011, when it decided to open its store in the evening of Thanksgiving. Since then, many retailers have been in some kind of race to be able to catch up and now up to 33 Million American citizens claim that they planned to shop right after turkey.


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