Black Friday has become an unavoidable tradition of our country’s holiday season, so it may surprise you to learn that Black Friday is not an officially recognized U.S. holiday. But should it be? A lot of our country already gets Black Friday off, with 48% of American states giving their residents the day after Thanksgiving off as a paid holiday. That means the lucky residents of California, Texas, Florida and a few more places can go shopping on Black Friday and not worry about seeing a dip in their next paychecks. For the unlucky 52%, Black Friday savings can mean sacrificing a sick day or begging your boss for a few hours off in the morning.
This infographic explores the idea of making Black Friday a national holiday.