There is a popular American tradition the day following Thanksgiving, known commonly as Black Friday, where stores across America extend their store hours and offer significant discounts on products or services.
Dating back to 1966, Black Friday is also commonly considered the first official day of the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa holiday season.
While Black Friday is not an official government recognized holiday, many employers grant their workers the day off as a “long weekend” for the Thanksgiving holiday (because Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday of the month of November), thus increasing the number of potential shoppers that will frequent the stores and notable sales.
Stores normally open as early as 5 a.m. on Black Friday morning, if not midnight on Thursday.
The term Black Friday derives from merchants making so much money on that pivotal shopping day that their profits go from posting a loss- known as ‘being in the red’ to earning a profit- ‘being in the black’.
Here are some popular specials that are expected to be offered this year for those students who might be interested in bargain shopping:
There is also Cyber Black Friday, which references online retail promotions that are equivalent to store operational promotions on the day.