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Black Friday in United 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.

Local names

NameLanguage
Black FridayEnglish
Viernes NegroSpanish
יום שישי השחור (קניות)Hebrew
الجمعة السوداءArabic
검은 금요일Korean
Black FridayGerman

Black Friday 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015
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Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day in the USA and falls on the Friday after the fourth Thursday in November. 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.

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What do people do?

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.

Public life

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.

Background

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 231990Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 291991Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 271992Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 261993Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 251994Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 241995Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 291996Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 281997Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 271998Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 261999Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 242000Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 232001Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 292002Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 282003Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 262004Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 252005Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 242006Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 232007Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 282008Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 272009Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 262010Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 252011Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 232012Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 292013Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 282014Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 272015Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 252016Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 242017Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 232018Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 292019Black FridayState holiday17 states
FriNov 272020Black FridayState holiday17 states

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