Here at National Today, there’s nothing we love more than a good ‘ol shopping spree. That’s why we love to celebrate 12 shopping holidays this year!
Where did shopping holidays come from?
Black Friday (Nov. 23)—still one of the most iconic shopping holidays in the nation—was also one of the originators of dedicated retail holidays. Every year after Thanksgiving, customers would flood to stores to get a head start on their Christmas shopping. However, it was a trend instead of an official holiday until the 1960's.
That's when Philadelphia police officers started calling the unofficial day "Black Friday" after having to deal with an influx of tourists and shoppers who overran the city each year. Traffic cops soon started adopting the phrase after they had to work extra-long shifts each year to keep up with the demand—and Black Friday was born!
The invention of the Internet soon spawned Cyber Monday (Nov. 26), and the rest is history. As brands started realizing consumers loved to buy product to celebrate occasions, they created more holidays to celebrate themselves and drive sales.
Which shopping holiday is your favorite?
Submit your favorite shopping holidays
Calling all shoppers—is there a day you love to celebrate that we're missing? Let us know at your holiday submission page! Before you submit, make sure it's a widely celebrated holiday with a track record of media or social coverage. If it is, we'd love to hear from you.