Black Friday Began With Philadelphia Shopping – Visited By Wyatt and Jonah

NOTICE: We commemorate the day on the radio Friday November 25 at 10:00 AM (Alaska Time) Listen live at, 102.7fm, or 103.1fm. The term “Black Friday” has for years been synonymous with mayhem at stores, and its origin story has roots in turbulence.

Jonah and Wyatt visit Independence Hall Thoth finding no shopping just lots of Declaration of Independence history.

Black Friday began in Philadelphia in the 1960s. Tourists would descend on the city on the day between Thanksgiving and the annual Army-Navy football game held on Saturday. Historians say the Philadelphia police took to calling the day Black Friday because officers had to work long hours and deal with terrible traffic, bad weather and other crowd-related miseries.

Elfreth’s Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia, dating back to 1703 as Jonah and Wyatt continue to look for shopping.

Local retailers wanted to draw in shoppers that day. But they disliked the term because of the connotation of the word “black” in front of a day of the week, which historically has been used to mark unpleasant events. One was Black Tuesday, the day of the stock market crash of 1929, and another, Black Monday, the day in 1987 when the market lost more, on a percentage basis, than on any day in 1929.

Market Street, originally known as High Street, is a major east–west street in Philadelphia and finally Jonah and Wyatt smell shopping.

Retailers tried to rebrand the holiday “Big Friday” but were unsuccessful. Businesses later reclaimed the name Black Friday, saying that the day was when stores’ books went from red ink to black.

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