Is Black Friday An Official Holiday In The US?
No, Black Friday is not an official federal holiday in the US.
However, most of the states in the country observe the day as a state public holiday.
Here the state government employees enjoy the benefit.
Here is a list of 22 states in the United States, which observe Black Friday as a state holiday:
- New Hampshire
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- And North Carolina
These state governments provide their employees some leisure time so that they can shop a lot and help boost the economies of the states.
[Fact: With The Help of The Internet And Social Media Channels, Black Friday Has Become The Most Popular Shopping Day of The Year. Although It Is An American Culture, In The 21st Century, Most Countries Around The World Starts Adopting It To Boost Their Economies]
Why Black Friday Is Not An Official Federal Holiday In The United States?
It is not a federal holiday because the day before Black Friday, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving day, which is an important federal holiday of the year.
Therefore, it makes no sense to provide two back-to-back federal holidays.
The United States federal government has left the decision to its state governments, whether they want to observe Black Friday as a holiday or not.
However, seeing its economic benefits, the majority of the US states start declaring it a state holiday.
Did You Know?
1. Many people in the United States tried many times to rebrand “Black Friday” to “Big Friday” because the “Black” word was often used to describe calamities or bad events. Interestingly all their attempts failed.
2. The police of Philadelphia and Rochester made the term “Black Friday” highly used among the American people.
Back then, police in Philadelphia and Rochester often used this term to describe the massive crowd and traffic congestion during the shopping days for Christmas.