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The day after Thanksgiving was originally called "Black Friday" because of the massive traffic jams and overcrowded stores that are common on the biggest shopping day of the year.
An alternative theory is that this day was when many merchants went from being 'in the red' (or showing negative profits), to 'in the black' (or showing positive profits).

Black Friday (shopping) - Wikipedia

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Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States Since 1952, it has been ... The news media have long described the day after Thanksgiving as the busiest shopping day of the y...

Why Black Friday Is Called Black Friday - The Balance

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Nov 25, 2016 ... Black Friday is the name given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving. It was originally called Black Friday because so many people went out ...

Why is the day after Thanksgiving called 'Black Friday'? - Oxford ...

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The day after Thanksgiving is known as 'Black Friday' in North America, and the term is in increasing use around the world – but where does the name come ...

The REAL Reason Black Friday is CalledBlack Friday” | Know Your ...

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Nov 28, 2016 ... Why is Black Friday called "Black Friday". ... red”) stores would supposedly earn a profit (“went into the black”) on the day after Thanksgiving, ...

Why is it called Black Friday? The meaning and history behind the ...

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Nov 25, 2016 ... In the US, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when turkey-stuffed customers take advantage of the holiday to do some some shopping.

How Did 'Black Friday' Get Its Name? : snopes.com

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Dec 1, 2013 ... The term 'Black Friday' did not originate with the practice of selling off slaves on the day after Thanksgiving. ... If the day is the year's biggest for retailers, why is it called Black Friday? Because it is a day retailers make profits ...

The History of Black Friday - Black Friday 2016

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Ever since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling ...

Why is it called Black Friday? — Quartz

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Nov 23, 2016 ... The Black Friday shopping frenzy that takes place the day after Thanksgiving in the US is, at this point, as much a part of the holiday as turkey.

Why Is It Called "Black Friday"? | Wonderopolis

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Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving in the United States — signals the ... In accounting terms, operating at a loss (losing money) is called being “in the ...