Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It is a busy shopping day and is often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.
Black Friday is not a federal holiday, but California and some other states observe “The Day After Thanksgiving” as a holiday for state government employees.
The states which have official public holidays for state government employees on this day include California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.
Even in other states where it is not a official Public Holiday, many non-retail employees and schools have a day off on the day after Thanksgiving to give them a long weekend.
Many people take a day of their annual leave on the day after Thanksgiving Day.
It last few years, Black Friday has been considered to be the busiest shopping day of the year thanks to the doorbuster and other promotional deals that are being offered on the day by all major retailers on almost all kinds of products.
So much is the shopping craze of this day that every year retailers open earlier as compared to previous years time.
For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00 a.m. on Black Friday, but in the late 2000’s many had crept to 5:00 or even 4:00 a.m openings, but in 2011 several retailers (including Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Best Buy, and Bealls) opened at midnight for the first time. and it was followed by 2012 when Walmart and several other retailers announced that they would open most of their stores at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (except in states where opening on Thanksgiving is prohibited due to blue laws, such as Massachusetts where they still opened around midnight).
It is a common scene to see a huge queue of people outside the stores waiting for the stores to open in an attempt to get the best deal on a product before supplies run out. These deals are normally known as doorbuster deals.
You might be wondering why the day is called Black Friday ?
There are two popular theories as to why the day after Thanksgiving Day is called Black Friday. One theory is that the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic on the day after Thanksgiving Day left many black markings on the road surface, leading to the term Black Friday.
The other theory is that the term Black Friday comes from an old way of recording business accounts. In earlier days, losses were recorded in red ink and profits in black ink. Many businesses, particularly small businesses, started making profits prior to Christmas. Many hoped to start showing a profit, marked in black ink, on the day after Thanksgiving Day.
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