What Is Black Friday?
Black Friday is a retail shopping event that takes place the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, and is generally considered to be the kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Maybe you've asked yourself, "Why is it called Black Friday?" While there is no one definitive answer, there are some interesting theories. One of the more commonly held conjectures is that Black Friday got its name as the first sale of the year when retailers start to realize a profit, being "in the black" from a financial perspective. Another speculation is that the day was originally named by policemen in Philadelphia due to all the in-store mayhem and many traffic jams and accidents caused by so many people getting out to shop. Regardless, the name stuck, and today Black Friday continues to draw impressive crowds of deal seekers to both stores and websites, easily making it one of the most successful shopping events of the year.
When Is Black Friday?
Over the relatively brief history of Black Friday, event hours have evolved from standard retail business hours on the day after Thanksgiving (the fourth Friday of November) to morning openings as early as 12 a.m. In more recent years, Best Buy and many other retailers have extended their Black Friday sale hours even further and have opened their doors on the evening of Thanksgiving Day. The much-anticipated deals are often revealed in Black Friday ads in advance of the sale in both print and online so people can plan their shopping trip ahead of time.