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We’ve gathered things to do all weekend long, from Thanksgiving Eve parties to Weekend events, and plenty of shopping in between. Why not start with our list of popular national and local restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in 2016.
Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving in the United States. It is traditionally considered the start of the Christmas shopping season. Although the term Black Friday has been used for years in different contexts, it came to be associated with deep discounts at retailers to start the holiday season in the 1980s.
Small Business Saturday
The day after Black Friday is Small Business Saturday, an up and coming day for marketing and patronage of local and small businesses. The event started in 2010 as a promotion by credit card company American Express. An estimated $14.3 billion was spent at small independent businesses on Small Business Saturday in 2014. It will likely be surpassed in 2016.
The first Monday after Thanksgiving is Cyber Monday, a day of deep discounts at online and ecommerce retailers. The term was first used in 2005 by Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Foundation. On its 10th Birthday in 2015, online orders hit $3.07 billion, making it America’s biggest e-commerce sales day ever and a 16% increase over the day in 2014.
Nonprofit organizations have started using the #GivingTuesday hashtag to encourage charitable contributions on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving. In 2015, more than 1 million donated over $100 million to various causes as part of the campaign.