The term Black Friday was first used in the United States to describe a financial crisis in 1869. On September 24, 1869, a Friday, James Fish and Jay Gould tried to take over the gold market in the New York Gold Exchange.
The first time Black Friday referred to shopping the day after Thanksgiving was in this 1961 Philadelphia public relations newsletter.
Although many merchants opposed the negative name for the biggest shopping day of the year, the term stuck. By 1975, it appeared in The New York Times: Philadelphia police and bus drivers called it Black Friday - that day each year between Thanksgiving Day and the Army-Navy Game.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is regarded by many as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. While not a federal holiday, several states in the U.S observe the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday, which means many states and school employees have the day off. Therefore, the number of potential shoppers greatly increases.
In fact, since 2005, Black Friday has been the busiest shopping day of the year. With retailers extending their hours and deals every year, the crowds and chaos show no signs of decreasing.
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