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What is Black Friday?

The day after Thanksgiving is commonly referred to as Black Friday—has become one of the busiest and most chaotic shopping days of the year in the United States. Big Box stores and national chains traditionally offer limited money-saving specials on a wide variety of goods to entice shoppers into stores early to get their holiday shopping done early and at great savings.

It is considered by many that the phrase Black Friday stems from the theory that businesses operate at a financial loss, or are “in the red,” until the day after Thanksgiving, when massive sales finally allow them to turn a profit, or put them “in the black.” However, this is false.

Black Friday Today

A more accurate description of the term dates back to the early 1960s, when police officers in Philadelphia began using the phrase “Black Friday” to describe the chaos that resulted when large numbers of out-of-town customers came into the city to begin their holiday shopping and, in some years, attend Saturday’s annual Army-Navy football game. The massive crowds created problems for the police, who worked longer shifts than usual as they dealt with traffic jams, accidents, shoplifting, and other issues.  Within a few years, the term Black Friday had taken root in Philadelphia. City merchants attempted to put a prettier face on the day by calling it “Big Friday.”

]The phrase “Black Friday” to signify a positive boost in retail sales did not grow nationwide until the late 1980s, when merchants started to spread the red-to-black profit narrative. Black Friday was described as the day stores began to turn a profit for the year and as the biggest shopping day in the United States. In truth, most stores saw their largest sales on the Saturday before Christmas.

In recent years, Black Friday has been joined by other shopping holidays, including Small Business Saturday, which encourages shoppers to visit local retailers, and Cyber Monday, which promotes shopping online.