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The idea that the day after Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday shopping season may be related to the Santa Claus parades, such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, held on Thanksgiving Day starting in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States Since 1952, it has been regarded as the beginning of ...

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Nov 24, 2015 ... The retail bonanza known as Black Friday is now an integral part of many Thanksgiving celebrations, but this holiday tradition has darker roots ...

www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/27/black-friday-origin_n_4346347.html

Nov 27, 2013 ... It's totally understandable if you think the term “Black Friday” is a direct ... But the truth is that Black Friday owes its name to the Philadelphia Police ... Black Friday History Black Friday Definition Black Friday Origin Black Friday ...

www.snopes.com/holidays/thanksgiving/blackfriday.asp

Dec 1, 2013 ... CLAIM. The term "Black Friday" originated with the practice of selling off slaves on the day after Thanksgiving. See Example(s) ...

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Brief history of Black Friday and why it became so popular.

www.businessinsider.com/meaning-of-black-friday-retail-accounting-2015-11

Nov 25, 2015 ... Friday is "Black Friday." For many American consumers, it is the day after Thanksgiving when you can get great deals on goods that may ...

www.thebalance.com/why-is-it-called-black-friday-3305712

Nov 25, 2016 ... Why is Black Friday called Black Friday? ... the Dow Jones Average fell 22%, the largest percentage drop on one day in stock market history.

www.npr.org/2011/11/25/142767700/the-last-word-in-business

Nov 25, 2011 ... He writes that the term originated in the 1960s in Philadelphia. Traffic was so bad the day after Thanksgiving that police officers had to work ...

www.techtimes.com/articles/110156/20151126/the-real-history-of-black-friday-is-not-what-you-think.htm

Nov 26, 2015 ... Most Americans believe Black Friday has always been the day that ... The real origins of the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, however, are ...