The term “Black Friday” has been synonymous with shopping chaos for many years, and its history is rooted in unrest.
Black Friday began in Philadelphia in the 1960s. Tourists will descend into the city on the day between Thanksgiving and the annual Army and Navy football match held on Saturday. Historians say the Philadelphia police called the day Black Friday because officers had to work long hours and deal with terrible traffic, bad weather and other crowd-related disasters.
On this day, local retailers wanted to attract customers. But they disliked the term because of the connotation of the word “black” before the day of the week, which has historically been used to refer to unpleasant events. One was Black Tuesday, the day of the stock market crash in 1929, and the other, Black Monday, a day in 1987, when the market lost more percentages than on any other day in 1929.
Retailers have tried to rebrand Big Friday, but to no avail. The companies later reclaimed the Black Friday title, claiming that books in stores had switched from red ink to black that day.
Lately, retailers have tried to spread the hype around the stores for days after a string of injuries and even deaths as shoppers flooded into stores in a blind rush for daily discounts. And since the holiday shopping season has become so important to the bottom line of retailers, there is now Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, which is touted as a day to shop online, and Saturday for small businesses, which encourages people to shop at local businesses. …
The season kicked off well before Thanksgiving this year due to ongoing supply chain disruptions. which arose as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Toys and electronics may not arrive by the holidays due to production and delivery delays. Many Americans have decided to start their holiday shopping ahead of Thanksgiving. A White House Supply Chain Task Force is working with private companies to try to speed up the flow of goods.
Gillian Friedman made reporting.