Shoppers coming out of Macy's department store at Tucson Mall with some of their bags during their Black Friday shopping in this 2010 file photo. The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to make Black Friday an official holiday for county workers, swapping it with Columbus Day.

Arizona Daily Star/File 2010

The Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously decided on Tuesday to make the day after Thanksgiving — better known as Black Friday — a paid county holiday rather than Columbus Day.

 The request to drop Columbus Day in favor Black Friday originated with employees at Pima County Consolidated Justice Court.  

A poll of more than three dozen county employees from various departments, indicated most were in favor of the switch, said County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

Since the county is essentially swapping one day for another, there is no cost to the taxpayers.

Supervisor Ray Carroll said it was easy to back the change, since the idea came from rank-and-file workers.

He saw multiple reasons why employees would support the swap. Only one of which was related to the retail shopping phenomena known as Black Friday.

The Chicago native said Columbus Day is a relatively low key affair in Arizona, compared how the holiday was celebrated when he was a boy, which included a parade downtown.

He also noted many families choose to gather in Tucson for the holiday because the weather is better than other parts of the country.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at or 573-4346.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.