The History of Black Friday

We at SeamBLiSS hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and filled with great food and the delightful company of family and friends. And if you went out shopping on Black Friday, we hope you had a great time and found some good deals.

I myself decided not to go out on Black Friday this year, mostly out of laziness. However, a few of my relatives went out to hit the sales, many of which were starting as early as midnight on Thanksgiving. I thought it was crazy that some sales were even starting on Thanksgiving Day, which got me wondering where the heck this whole Black Friday thing came from.

So of course, I decided to research it a lil’ bit! According to (who even knew that was a website?), the term “Black Friday” has been around since the 1960s, but the Friday after Thanksgiving has been considered the start of the holiday shopping season ever since the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade waaay back in 1924. So, why is the Friday after Thanksgiving called “Black” Friday? Well, one meaning has to do with the phrase “in the black”, meaning profitable. This is pretty much what all retailers hope to be after Black Friday! Also, the Philadelphia police were complaining about the crowds and general craziness of the Friday after Thanksgiving back in the 60s and gave the day the moniker “Black Friday”, which stuck.

Since the 1960s, however, Black Friday has become even crazier! Retailers realized that they could make a heck of a lot of money by offering limited time deals, so they all started jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon. Today, BF is the biggest shopping day of the year.

Black Friday has undergone some other changes since the 60s. Deals are starting earlier and earlier, with some even beginning on Thanksgiving Day! Also, with the growing popularity of online shopping, some Black Friday deals don’t even require you to wait in line freezing your ass off to get a deal – they pop up right in your inbox! Many of these online discounts are also part of Cyber Monday, the day of online shopping deals.

Well, there’s a lil Black Friday history for ya! Did you go out on Black Friday? What was your best bargain buy? Let us know in the comments!

Kristen P.


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