Department Store Day

Department Store Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on October 16th and encourages everyone to take a few moments out of their day to think about how department stores may have impacted their lives. Although their impact may have waned over the last few years due to the increase in online shopping, department stores have traditionally been very important to consumers and their local communities.

These stores provide consumers with the convenience of choice, a variety of products, and often provide services to customers that can’t be secured online. All of these are good reasons why people should take a few moments and honor them on this holiday.

Fascinating Facts About Department Stores

Yes, we know that not many people give much thought to department stores, and that’s why we’ve decided to do a little bit of research and scrounge up some facts about these stores that we think our readers will find useful. The following facts have then been put into bullet form and listed below for convenience. Enjoy.

  • The world’s leading department stores are Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Dillard’s.
  • Department stores don’t contain windows or clocks so that customers forget about the passage of time.
  • In most department stores, women’s departments are on the lower levels and men’s departments are on a higher level.
  • The first cash register was invented in 1883 by James Ritty.
  • During the 1920s, credit cards began to gain popularity.

Observing Department Store Day

We encourage everyone wishing to observe this holiday to do so by taking the time to learn more about department stores and their history in the U.S. It’s also a good day for people to visit their local department store and give them some of their business. And finally, the hashtag #DepartmentStoreDay can be used on social media to spread the love to a local department store.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 16 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
October 16 Thursday
Last year (2023)
October 16 Monday
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