In the 1950s, Philadelphia police used the “Black Friday” term to refer to the day between Thanksgiving and the Army-Navy game.
Huge crowds of shoppers and tourists went to the city that Friday, and cops had to work long hours to cover the crowds and traffic.
Why do they call it Black Friday?
Black Friday is the name given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving. It was originally called Black Friday because the volume of shoppers created traffic accidents and sometimes even violence. In the 1950s, people began calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving to give themselves a four-day weekend.
Who invented Black Friday?
The day after Thanksgiving wasn’t called Black Friday then. The name was associated with September 24, 1869. Two speculators, Jay Gould, and James Fisk created a boom-and-bust in gold prices.
What are Black Friday sales?
Answer – The Day After Thanksgiving (Friday) is known as Black Friday. This used to be unofficially or officially the start of holiday shopping season. As a result, revenue-wise Black Friday is NOT the biggest day for stores. Biggest sales day now include Thanksgiving day, Green Monday and Cyber Monday.
Is Black Friday a federal holiday?
While Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, Black Friday is not. That means that post offices, banks and the stock market will reopen on Friday. However, Black Friday is a state holiday in about half of the states in the country.