HOUSTON, Tx. - It`s the season of giving, and with that comes Black Friday sales. It’s the super bowl for savvy shoppers. But have you wondered where the name “Black Friday” came from?
The common misconception is that retailers came up with it as a name for the day after Thanksgiving when they do so much business, they go from being in the red (not selling enough) to being in the black (making profits).
Nope, that`s not it. Corporate America re-branded it that later.
There`s also viral emails going around claiming that Black Friday came from the day slave traders would sell all their slaves, the day after Thanksgiving. Nope that`s not it either, thankfully.
The term “Black Friday” comes from the 1960`s, and the annual Army - Navy football game. The two armed forces battled it out on the gridiron annually, the day after Thanksgiving, in Philadelphia every year and attracted thousands. Crowds stormed stores, clogged traffic, and generally invaded public life.
Philadelphia police began calling the annual event “Black Friday,” because it made them miserable. The name caught on, and as time progressed, and retailers started aiming for that day to earn more, they adopted the phrase.
And so now every year, people crowd the streets, back up traffic, and generally trample each other in every city across America, not just Philadelphia.