You’ve probably heard some of the madness / fiasco that surrounds Black Friday, well it’s about to get a little crazier! Black Friday is the start of the biggest shopping weekend of the entire year, it’s full of amazing deals, cheap TV’s and people who literally act crazy!Here’s the top 10 facts about the unique tradition of Black Friday!
In the 1800’s, the term “Black Friday” was used in reference to the stock market crashes.
The term was used for the first time on 24th September 1869 when James Fisk and Jay Gould were trying to corner the gold market on the NYSE. However, the government stepped in and flooded the market with gold, causing prices to fall and many investors to lose their fortunes.
The predecessor to Black Friday were the Santa Claus parades.
Over the years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become part of the holiday season rituals in America. However, the first “Santa Claus parade” was held on 2nd December 1905 in Canada. When Santa appeared at the very end of the parade, it was a signal to officially kick off the holiday season. American stores took their lead and began to have similar parades all across the United States. In 1924, the premier Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was held. The parade was run by employees of Macy’s and featured some of the animals from the zoo in Central Park.
Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
As bizarre as this may sound, it was reported by CNN who explain that the plumbers are needed to clean up after guests “overwhelm the system”.
Holiday shoppers indirectly determined the date for Thanksgiving.
From the mid-19th to the early 20th century, the US president would declare a “day of giving thanks” on the last Thursday in November. This changed in 1939 when the last Thursday was the last day in the month. Retailers were afraid that the holiday season would be shortened and therefore, petitioned the president to declare the holiday be held one week earlier. In 1941, Congress created a joint resolution to clear things up. After that, Thanksgiving was always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, which gave shoppers one extra week to shop before Christmas
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