The day following Thanksgiving is universally acknowledged as “Black Friday. “It’s the one day of the year when more people shop than any other.People go up at the crack of dawn, or even camp out the night before, to be among the first to get their hands on a discounted version of the trendiest products of the year.But when did this craziness start, and why?Well, in 1924, on Thanksgiving Day, November 27 in New York City, R.H. Macy & Co. hosted a lavish Christmas parade.The procession had bands, floats, animals, and Santa Claus, and over 250,000 people turned out to see it.Since 1927, when the parade officially became known as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, it has signalled the start of the Christmas shopping season.How come the day following Thanksgiving is known as “Black Friday,” though?The name “Black Friday” originated in the 1960s with police officers in Philadelphia who, faced with an unprecedented influx of traffic and customers, came up with the phrase.
That’s why everyone started calling the day following Thanksgiving “Black Friday.”
Some retailers will welcome customers on Thanksgiving Day in order to attract them to their Black Friday sales.
While I disagree with this policy, I recognise that it is likely driven by consumer demand; otherwise, stores wouldn’t be operating on Thanksgiving.
How about Black Friday?
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Find below a rundown of well-known retailers that will be offering Thanksgiving Day hours.
Don’t hesitate to share other resources you may have in the discussion below.
Old Navy is open from 9 AM to 4 PM, and then again from 7 PM to midnight.
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