Black Friday in the United States

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day and the Friday before Cyber Monday in the United States. It is a busy shopping day and is a holiday in some states.

Black Friday
Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving Day, is a busy shopping day.
Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving Day, is a busy shopping day.
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A Day to Shop

Many people have a day off work or choose to take a day from their quota of annual leave on Black Friday. Some people use this to make trips to see family members or friends who live in other areas or to go on vacation. Others use it to start shopping for the Christmas season.

Shopping for Christmas presents is also popular on Black Friday. Many stores have special offers and lower their prices on some goods, such as toys.

What's Open or Closed?

Black Friday is not a federal holiday, but is a public holiday in some states. Many people take a day of their annual leave on the day after Thanksgiving Day. Many organizations also close for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Public transit systems may run on their normal schedule or may have changes. Some stores extend their opening hours on Black Friday. There can also be congestion on roads to popular shopping destinations.

About Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days in the USA. 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. 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.

Black Friday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
FriNov 262010Black FridayState holiday24 states
FriNov 252011Black FridayState holiday24 states
FriNov 232012Black FridayState holiday24 states
FriNov 292013Black FridayState holiday24 states
FriNov 282014Black FridayState holiday24 states
FriNov 272015Black FridayState holiday24 states
FriNov 252016Black FridayState holiday24 states
FriNov 242017Black FridayState holiday24 states
FriNov 232018Black FridayState holiday24 states
FriNov 292019Black FridayState holiday24 states
FriNov 272020Black FridayState holiday24 states

Quick Facts

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day in the USA. It is a busy shopping day and is a holiday in some states.

Black Friday 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016 (local in 24 states)

Black Friday 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017 (local in 24 states)


Name in other languages

Black FridayEnglish
Viernes NegroSpanish
יום שישי השחור (קניות)Hebrew
الجمعة السوداءArabic
검은 금요일Korean
Black FridayNorwegian
Schwarzer Freitag (Black Friday)German

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in November 2016 in the United States

United Nation Holiday on November 25, 2016

Fun Holidays on November 25, 2016

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