For many Americans, Black Friday is a hectic day. Black Friday is the name for the Friday that immediately follows American Thanksgiving, which is held on the fourth Thursday of November. It's become the unofficial marking for the beginning of the Christmas season in the United States since the inception of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924. The term Black Friday, however, was not coined until the 1960s, where it was used by the Philadelphia Police to describe the day of "massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks." These crowds often line up outside stores for hours before the doors actually open in order to be sure they are able to get the item they are searching for.
Black Friday has moved onto the internet as well. The following Monday, many online stores offer great deals to entice the customers that decided to stay home or missed getting the item they were looking for on Black Friday. The name for this day was coined Cyber Monday by the National Retail Federation's Shop.org division, and is known as the busiest online shopping day of the year.