The History of Black Friday

How did Black Friday become the big shopping event it is today? The term “Black Friday” was initially associated with a stock market crash on September 24, 1869. But it wasn’t until the 1950s when the day as we now know it got its beginnings.

According to History.com, this day was called Black Friday by Philadelphia police to describe the chaos that would happen on the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of people would pack the city to watch the Army-Navy football game. Due to the large crowds and high threat of shoplifting, the police were not allowed to take that day off and had to work extra shifts.

By the late ’80s, the use of the term spread throughout the US, and retailers reinvented Black Friday to something more positive. This was when the notion of it being the day where retailers turned a profit (going from “red to black”) began.

Today, it is not only a huge shopping day in the US, but also here in Canada and around the world. Check out our Black Friday deals and start making that shopping list!


Pauline Cho                                                                                                                  Pauline’s passion for fashion kicked in as a teenager flipping through fashion mags with her friends. And when she clued in to Cher’s closet in Clueless, there was no stopping her – she and her dream shoe and bag collection had found a home. Here at Oakridge, we trust Pauline to be up on all the interesting restaurants in town, the latest movies in the theatre, and always ready to share her intel. Just don’t think of disturbing her when she’s scrolling IG and Pinterest for the coolest makeup and nail inspo!

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