Black Friday

Black Friday Quick Facts

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2017 Date:November 24, 2017
2018 Date:November 23, 2018

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Black Friday

Black Friday History

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days in the United States. It is marked by massive crowds and discounted prices that mean the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.  

Black Friday events in the United States date back to 1932.  There are two ideas as to the origin of the name Black Friday, the first one is thought to have originated in Philadelphia, where it was used to describe the burden of traffic that left black track marks on roads.  The second claims that Black Friday may also have stemmed from business accounting in the 1930s.  During this time, businesses noted losses using red ink and their profits in black ink.  Therefore, Black Friday may have been used to imply that businesses became profitable on this day as they go from being in the red to the black. Black Friday is the fourth Friday of November or the day after Thanksgiving Day in the US.

Black Friday Facts & Quotes

  • According to IBM, for the first time in history smartphones and tablets outpaced desktop computers for generating consumer traffic to websites during Black Friday in 2015.
  • According to consumerreports.org, heavily discounted televisions and other electronic items sold on Black Friday can be derivative models.  Derivatives are products that have been manufactured specifically for sale at events like Black Friday.  These products vary in specifications, quality and have less features than standard merchandise sold all-year long.
  • #BlackFriday tweets in 2015 saw many celebrities trying to also take part in Black Friday sales by selling their own merchandise:
    Shania Twain tweeted Head over to the online store for new holiday items and 20% off. #blackfriday.
    Taylor Swift’s website Taylor Nation tweeted Don’t let that turkey daze get to you. You still have time to shop TS #BlackFriday deals!.
    Chris Brown promoted his album #BeforeTheParty is available now! This is for you #TeamBreezy! #BlackFriday #Royalty.  
    Pitbull also took the opportunity to promote his merchandise It's that time of year! #BlackFriday #sale #ShopPitbull #Dale.
  • Mall of America, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the largest mall in the US with 4,870,000 square feet retail space and more than 520 stores. The mall is also home to the largest indoor amusement park in the US.
  • With a net worth of more than $136 billion, the six @Wal-Mart heirs own more wealth than the bottom 42% of Americans. #BlackFriday , @Walmart shouldn’t be allowed to pay workers wages so low that many qualify for Medicaid, food stamps, and government housing. #BlackFriday . - Tweets by Senator Bernie Sanders in 2015

Black Friday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude.  Given that Black Friday follows Thanksgiving Day, use this day to spread gratitude and cheer to others.  If you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving Day, then use it to make sandwiches.  You and your family can deliver these to the homeless people in your community.
  • Hours before Black Friday sales, most retailers send emails and secret offers to their subscribers.  Sign up and subscribe to your favorite retailers mailing list before this date.  Most stores will also send coupons specifically to use for Black Friday.
  • Make sure you have sufficient funds in cash or on credit cards.  Given that many will be shopping on Black Friday,  ATM machines may run out of funds or bank networks can be down intermittently.  Make sure to carry some cash in case this happens.
  • In 2015, more than 11 states across the U.S. provided free access to State Parks.  Rather than Black Friday shopping, explore the great outdoors with free passes to State Parks.  Our top parks picks:  
    1) Olympic Park, Washington
    2) Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California
    3) Nickerson State Park, Massachusetts
  • Carpool or take an Uber to your favorite shopping destination.  There will be limited parking space available on Black Friday and some bus routes will be operating on a holiday schedule.

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