As the holiday season approaches, eager shoppers throughout Westchester are gearing up for the retail extravaganza known as Black Friday. This post-Thanksgiving tradition has evolved into a shopping phenomenon, drawing customers in search of unbeatable deals and exclusive discounts. With the promise of savings and “door-crashing” sales, Black Friday is easily the busiest shopping day of the year in Yonkers–and nationwide.
From early-morning lines of customers snaking around storefronts to the digital frenzy online, the consumer-driven spectacle of the day sets the tone for the holiday shopping season. From tech gadgets and fashion must-haves to household essentials and season-specific swag, here are just a few of the local retailers and national chains across the region that are hosting Black Friday blowout sales on November 24th, 2023.
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Cross County Shopping Center: Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday | 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
With more than 100 stores and restaurants, Cross Country Centre features of variety of upscale retailers and national chains including Macy’s, Target, Armani Exchange, Steve Madden, and Michael Kors. For a full listing of stores and upcoming Black Friday sales, visit: https://www.crosscountycenter.com/
Ridge Hill Mall: Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday | One Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers
Featuring over 50 retailers and dining including Pandora, TJ Maxx, Apple, H&M, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ridge Hill Mall celebrates Black Friday in style. To get into the spirit of saving, visit the mall on Sunday, November 19th for The Lighting at Ridge Hill, a local tradition showcasing a variety of holiday musical performances, Santa’s arrival, and the lighting of Ridge Hill’s dazzling tree in the Town Square. For more details and a listing of Black Friday sales visit: https://ridgehill.com/
History of Black Friday
Black Friday, a post-Thanksgiving shopping phenomenon, originated in the 1960s. The term “Black Friday” was initially associated with the chaotic stock market crash of 1869. However, it later evolved into a positive connotation for retailers.
In the mid-20th century, the day after Thanksgiving marked the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Philadelphia police coined the term “Black Friday” in the 1960s due to the city’s congested streets and increased retail activity. Over time, the concept spread nationally, with retailers offering enticing discounts to attract shoppers.
Today, Black Friday has become a cultural and commercial tradition, with consumers eagerly awaiting deals both in-store and online.