Black Friday: Date, Meaning, History & Activities

July 13, 2022 6 min read

Black Friday is the day after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, which has traditionally been a holiday for many employees. It is traditionally a day packed with great shopping offers and significant discounts, and it marks the start of the holiday shopping season.

1. What is the Date Of Black Friday? 

In the United States, the Friday following Thanksgiving is referred to Black Friday. In the United States, it usually symbolizes the start of the Christmas shopping season. Many retailers advertise heavily reduced sales and frequently open early, sometimes as early as midnight or even on Thanksgiving. Some stores extend their sales till Monday ("Cyber Monday") or for a week ("Cyber Week"). Since 2005, Black Friday has been the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States, falling on the fourth Friday of November unless November 1 is a Friday.

 2. Meaning of The Black Friday

On Black Friday, it is typical for retailers to offer special promotions both online and offline. Many businesses open their doors early on Black Friday to welcome clients. To compete, some retailers have gone so far as to keep their businesses open on Thanksgiving, while others start providing offers early in November.

Extreme bargain hunters have been known to camp out overnight on Thanksgiving to obtain a spot in line at a favorite store; the most zealous have been known to skip Thanksgiving meals entirely and camp out in parking lots for days or even weeks to grab excellent prices. The specials normally go through Sunday, and both brick-and-mortar and online merchants notice an increase in sales.

Black Friday also refers to a stock market crash that occurred on September 24, 1869. After a period of widespread speculation, the price of gold plunged on that day, and the markets tumbled.

3. Black Friday History

Firstly, there is Thanksgiving, a day to be thankful for all of life's blessings. The next day, Black Friday motivates you to indulge your desire by purchasing as much money as you can. Welcome to the beginning of the Christmas season! However, the roots of Black Friday are fraught with "official" and "unofficial" tales, beginning with the name.

Black Friday initially referred to September 24, 1869, when a scheme to manipulate America's gold markets backfired, resulting in widespread bankruptcies. Even more disturbing is the unconfirmed rumor that southern slave owners purportedly got a "good price" on slaves if they purchased them on the Friday after Thanksgiving - "Black Friday," indeed!

The most well-known Black Friday story is that shopkeepers commemorated the day when overflowing coffers from holiday shoppers helped firms transition from "in the red" to "in the black." Although popular, this anecdote is not entirely accurate. So, what is the true story of Black Friday? We'll have to travel to Philadelphia for that.

When cops in Philadelphia were forced to work off days and overtime the day after Thanksgiving, they complained about "Black Friday." With thousands of shoppers, tourists, and supporters in town for the next day's Army-Navy game, Black Friday was a paradise for shoplifters as well as a crowd-control nightmare for police.

Unfortunately, the fact that Black Friday was also a nuisance for shops did not tempt Philadelphia buyers. By 1961, Philadelphia shops had made the decision that "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em," turning negative into a positive through reinvention. "Black Friday" became linked with large deals in national retail in the 1980s. Today, Black Friday invites you to shop till you drop for the year's finest deals.

4. Black Friday Activities

Create a new tradition

Create an annual tradition with friends or family. Whether it's waking up at 4 a.m. to go shopping at 6 a.m. or sitting in your pj's and eating Thanksgiving leftovers together, Black Friday is the ideal time to create a new yearly tradition.

Donate warm clothing to those in need.

Do you avoid shopping on Black Friday? Collect all of the winter items you no longer need and donate them to a local shelter or thrift store. As winter approaches, poor families will be grateful for the extra assistance.

Wait with family and friends in line.

If you don't want to spend a cold night in a tent, invite your friends and family to join you and watch the Super Bowl with a new 55-inch flat-screen! Bring some cards, dominoes, or chess, turn on some music, and set out some Thanksgiving leftovers for a fun new Black Friday tradition!


Slowing down and expressing gratitude (for loved ones and for meals!) is part of the fun of Thanksgiving. Why not let your children have that experience with their friends? Allow them to hold a Friendsgiving event. Reheat leftovers or try new dishes with whatever you have on hand. If they are mature enough, your children can even become cooks!

December Holiday Prep

The bustle of the December holidays is just around the corner after Thanksgiving. Make our gorgeous Holiday Gift Tags before Black Friday to get a good start on your gift list. They'll provide a lovely personal touch to any gift you give this holiday season!

Scavenger hunt for online shopping

Let's admit it: some Black Friday offers are simply too wonderful to skip. Enter the fascinating world of internet buying. By conducting your shopping on the website(s) of your choice, you can avoid long queues and general chaos. Even better, you can turn it into a game with your children. Is anyone up for a Black Friday Scavenger Hunt? Make a shopping list and see who can locate the greatest bargains on each item. The kids will enjoy some good competition, and your wallet will profit!

Head into the great outdoors

After all that savory stuffing and pumpkin pie, it's natural to crave some exercise. Lace up your sneakers, fill up your water bottles, and head outside for some fresh air as a family! Time spent outside is beneficial for unit bonding. Consider taking a walk or going to a neighboring farm, pumpkin patch, zoo, or nature center. Those who observe Christmas can also visit a Christmas tree farm to select and cut down a tree!

Explore and shop locally

With the rush and bustle of daily living, it's easy to miss out on some of the wonderful things your town has to offer. Why not spend Black Friday re-discovering your hometown? Spend a morning or afternoon with your family exploring local stores, cafes, and restaurants. Supporting small companies might help revitalize your local economy. Plus, you're guaranteed to discover at least one new local treasure you've missed!

Have some backyard fun

The commotion of Thanksgiving can leave you in need of a relaxing day at home. A day trip may be too much to schedule so soon after the holiday. If that's the case, why not simply spend some time outside with your children? Give them a pack of Crayola Sidewalk Chalk and tell them they can make a colorful fall collage over the driveway or sidewalk. Not only will you have a work of art to admire, but cleanup will be simple - just add water or wait for rain!

Our Outdoor Island-Hopping Game and Sidewalk Chalk Challenge are two more fun chalk activities. Both are excellent methods to mix creative and physical activity!

Leaf play

The seasonal color shift of leaves is lovely, but it takes a lot of effort to rake them up. While there's nothing like piling them all up and jumping right into the middle, we have a few unique ideas for them. Turn those leaves into lovely works of art. Basic materials such as construction paper and paint are used in this simple Leaf Crown craft. Check out our Gold Leaf Bowl tutorial for something truly exquisite and kid-friendly.

Bolos Creation

Is there a history buff or hunter in your family? You may make a Bolo, similar to those worn by Native American boys while hunting for sustenance for their families. Making your own Bolo blends creativity and history while remaining festive. You'll only need a few simple materials, such as clay, scissors, and string.


Part of the joy of Thanksgiving is in taking the time to slow down and express gratitude (both for your loved ones, and for dinner!). Why not let your kids experience that within their own friends circle? Allow them to host a Friendsgiving get-together. Reheat leftovers, or create fun new recipes with whatever you’ve got on hand. If they’re old enough, your kids can even be the chefs!

Jewelry Making

Maintain your grateful attitude! Encourage your children to make small keepsakes for each other, family, and friends. Bracelets and necklaces are simple to make at virtually any age. You might also try purchasing one of the Crayola jewelry making kits to take your creations to the next level. We offer a simple BFF Bracelet tutorial to get your creative, jewelry-making juices going!

Thanksgiving Diorama

Did your family enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving? Make a diorama of a scene from the day with your children. You can use Crayola Model Magic or Modeling Clay depending on their ages to get all the details just right!

December Holiday Prep

After Thanksgiving, the flurry of December holidays is just around the corner. On Black Friday, get a head start on your gift list by making our lovely Holiday Gift Tags. They'll offer a sweet personal touch to every present you give this holiday season!

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