With the biggest shopping day of the year just one week away, there is much to prepare for! You’ve probably already seen television commercials, store printed ads, and online advertisements showcasing this year’s door-busters and stores that open crazy-early. You might have even planned out the most strategic routes and made a mental list of what treasures you are hunting for. At Florida Moving Systems, we are just as excited as you are to see shoppers bustling with the excitement of good deals.
But have you ever wondered what the history of Black Friday is? How did it receive that title? And what influenced the most gratitude-filled holiday of the year to be immediately followed with the most commercially-driven day of the year? Opening times have started earlier and earlier as the years have passed, even crowding into Thanksgiving Day itself with stores opening their doors right smack during dinner time.
It might surprise you that Black Friday began as an American tradition that dates all the way back to the 19th century, even though it wasn’t yet given that title. President Lincoln designated the day after Thanksgiving as the unofficial start to the Christmas season.
A Canadian department store called Eaton’s began the first Thanksgiving Day parade in 1905 when they pulled Santa through downtown Toronto in a wagon. Eight years later, the sleigh was pulled by eight live reindeer; with each passing year, the number of floats and nursery rhyme characters marching down the street grew.
Several years later, Eaton’s parade inspired Macy’s Department Store to host their own parade to celebrate their success during the Roaring 20s and advertise for shopping on the following day.
In the 1950s, increasing amounts of people would call in sick the day after Thanksgiving to take advantage of a four day weekend and also to give them a head start on their Christmas shopping. Eventually, to eliminate having to decide if workers were actually sick or whether to cut pay, many businesses started giving the day after Thanksgiving as a paid holiday. The name “Black Friday” did not stick until 1966 when the Philadelphia Police Department used this term to describe the traffic jams and crowded cities.
We hope you found the history of Black Friday just as interesting as we do at Florida Moving Systems! If you’re planning a move this holiday season, whether from Palm Bay to Melbourne or across the country, you can count on us. Call us today to find out more about our wide array of services.
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