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Black Friday is an annual shopping day that falls after Thanksgiving in the United States of America. Every year, people take advantage of the heavily discounted items that shops put up for sale. For many people, Black Friday signals the beginning of the Christmas shopping period.
See the fact file below for more information about Black Friday or alternatively you can download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- Black Friday always occurs on the day after Thanksgiving. It is the last Friday of the month of November.
- Black Friday is not a national holiday, although many employers give their workers this day off work in addition to Thanksgiving Thursday.
- Black Friday is also known as ‘The Day After Thanksgiving’.
- It’s believed that Black Friday originated in Philadelphia in the early 1960s.
- The name supposedly originates from the moment in the year when retailers begin to turn a profit, and so go from their takings being in the ‘red’ to in the ‘black’.
- Since about 2005, Black Friday has always been the busiest shopping day of the year.
- In recent years, Black Friday has become less important as shops choose to offer discounts over the whole of November and December, and not just on Black Friday.
- Many retailers open their stores from 4 or 5am to entice customers in to get the best deals. Some stores, including Target and Macy’s, open at midnight on Thanksgiving.
- Some retailers even open on Thanksgiving Day itself. This day has become known as ‘Black Thursday’ or ‘Gray Thursday’ by some.
- Many people in the USA will camp outside shops to ensure they are the first customers into the store on Black Friday.
- Because of the number of people trying to bag the bargains, Black Friday often becomes violent and people are injured. Since 2006 there have even been 7 deaths as a result of Black Friday hysteria.
- In 2008, 20,000 shoppers tried to enter a Wal-Mart store in New York, and a shop employee died in the stampede.
- In 2010, shoppers carrying knives and guns were arrested in Wisconsin, Florida and Indianapolis.
- In 2011, people waiting to buy a discounted Xbox 360 in California were sprayed with pepper spray by one desperate customer.
- Black Friday has only recently become a phenomenon in the UK. It wasn’t until 2014 that the day became an event for British shoppers.
Black Friday Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Black Friday Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Black Friday which is an annual shopping day that falls after Thanksgiving in the United States of America. Every year, people take advantage of the heavily discounted items that shops put up for sale.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Black Friday Facts
- What is Black Friday?
- Black Friday Word Search
- Black Friday Timeline
- My Black Friday Story
- Pros and Cons
- Black Friday Tips
- Black Friday Around the World
- The Day After Thanksgiving
- Arrange Me!
- Black Friday Poster
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it called “Black Friday”?
The term “Black Friday” has a history that dates back to the early 1960s when police officers of Philadelphia coined it due to the mayhem caused by crowds of suburban shoppers flooding into the city for holiday shopping and, in some cases, viewing Saturday’s annual event.
What should you not do on Black Friday?
On Black Friday, you need to be careful and use your intuition. There are a lot of people who want to get good deals, but there are also people who want to trick you. So be careful of any offers that seem too good to be true because they probably are.
Is Black Friday really cheaper?
The average in-store discount the week of Thanksgiving is 20 percent off. The average in-store value is 37 percent off on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Online Black Friday deals have an average discount of 34 percent.
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