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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.

Is Black Friday a Public Holiday?

Although Black Friday is not a public holiday, businesses and schools may be closed because it falls on the same date as State Holiday in 2018, which is a public holiday in Georgia.

Black Friday

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010FriNov 26Black FridayObservance 
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2012FriNov 23Black FridayObservance 
2013FriNov 29Black FridayObservance 
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2015FriNov 27Black FridayObservance 
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2019FriNov 29Black FridayObservance 
2020FriNov 27Black FridayObservance 

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