Black Friday, the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, isn't always what people expect.
In Colorado, for instance, marijuana stores got into the act. In Arizona, families skipped the spending frenzy to go hiking. And in Chicago, shoppers snapped photos of demonstrators protesting the police shooting of a black teenager.
Overall, there seemed to be smaller crowds throughout stores and malls across the country.
Here's how the day played out:
PROTESTS ON CHICAGO'S MAGNIFICENT MILE
Hundreds of protesters blocked entrances to stores in Chicago's high-end shopping district to draw attention to the police shooting of a black teenager.