Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, most major retailers have opened very early and offered promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth nations. Black Friday is not a holiday, but California and some other states observe “The Day After Thanksgiving” as a holiday for state government employees, sometimes in lieu of another federal holiday such as Columbus Day.Many non-retail employees and schools have both Thanksgiving and the day after off, followed by a weekend, thereby increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005, although news reports, which at that time were inaccurate, have described it as the busiest shopping day of the year for a much longer period of time.
The amount Americans spent in 2020 was up $285 million compared to 2019, with American consumers expected to spend on average $664.77. The number of Americans planning to take advantage of the pre-Christmas sales period is also expected to rise from 86% in 2019 to 88% in 2020.
Furniture items are at the top of shopping lists in 2020, with Americans expected to spend $253 on average. Major appliances closely follow at $234 and electronics at an average of $223.
Interestingly, COVID-19 hasn’t seemed to dampen Americans’ desire to travel, with US adults planning to spend an average of $217 on trips.
The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation was made: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black”.
Black Friday has taken over many countries of the world, and it can be very messy, to say the least. This is clip from 2020 where consumers invaded a major store in Brazil.
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