Since Black Friday is not an official holiday, knowing whether it should be capitalized can be confusing. In 2020, Black Friday will be Friday, November 27.
What Is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving that unofficially marks the first day of the Christmas shopping season. It was first called Black Friday in 1952. Many stores open early (even as early as Thanksgiving Day) to offer steep discounts to customers eager to start their holiday shopping.
Is Black Friday Capitalized?
Black Friday is a proper noun since it refers to the famous (infamous?) shopping that occurs annually right after Thanksgiving. Since all proper nouns are capitalized, Black Friday is also capitalized.
It may seem weird to think of a shopping day as a holiday, but since Black Friday has become so huge, it has become a named holiday and thus requires capitalization.
What other shopping days are capitalized?
There are a number of other major shopping days that should also be capitalized. These include:
- Small Business Saturday (Saturday after Black Friday)
- Cyber Monday (Monday after Black Friday)
- Super Saturday (Saturday before Christmas)
- Amazon Prime Day
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