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 Shopping at WalmartOn Black Friday, many stores, especially large chain stores, offer huge price discounts, door crasher deals, and loss leader sales on certain items. They also often open extended hours, many stores opening as early as 5 AM or even Midnight in order to accommodate those shoppers who are willing to be at the store as early as possible so they make sure to get the best deals possible. These stores do this to encourage customers to shop at their store and therefore purchase other products that they will drive a profit from. Many stores release their store flyers to the public days in advance so that customers can make plans to be at the store early enough to take advantage of the sales. You can find these flyers on the stores websites or on sites that try to compile as many of the flyers as they can, for example,

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 division, and is known as the busiest online shopping day of the year.