History of Black Friday

How Black Friday Came to be a Holiday

Rachel Wood, News Editor/Writer

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Black Friday is a day where people all around the United States go shopping for Christmas. This holiday unofficially marks the start of the Christmas season and many people celebrate it because of the exclusive deals and great bargains offered on the day. But most people don’t know the real story behind why Black Friday exists, or why it even has its name. Here’s why.

Thanksgiving is a very important holiday to most people, which caused people in the 1950’s to begin calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving. The probable reason that employees did this is most likely to give them a four-day weekend. Stores were also open on the day after Thanksgiving, which gave people an opportunity to start on their Christmas shopping. This became such a huge problem in companies that employers eventually began counting the day as a paid holiday.

According to The Balance, the real reason Black Friday was named so is because of the horrible traffic it caused. “The name was first recorded in 1966 by Earl Apfelbaum, a dealer in rare stamps. In his ad, he said, “‘Black Friday’ is the name that the Philadelphia Police Department gave to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day,” it said. The traffic was so bad that it caused several accidents and sometimes even violence. The name is used to describe the chaos and pandemonium that takes place on the day. The name caught on and became the holiday that we know and celebrate today.

Black Friday is a very busy and shopping-filled day. It gives many Americans around the US to save money when shopping for the Christmas season. Despite all the mayhem and chaos on this holiday, it can be very enjoyable when planned out and it actually has a pretty interesting history around it. Hopefully, Black Friday will continue to be an important day of the holiday months.

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History of Black Friday