As a wise VinePair contributor once said, the Fourth of July is made for beer. If you’re planning ahead and wondering what to buy, we’ve got you covered here. But if you’re reading this on the way to the party, panicking over whether you can buy beer on the Fourth of the July, look no further.
This is your handy guide to buying beer on Independence Day.
In most states, buying beer on the Fourth of July is legal, although some have restrictions regarding time or place of sale. If you’re in Tennessee, you’re suds out of luck.
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Everyone else, we encourage you to embrace your inner patriotism (it’s in there somewhere! We swear!) by picking up some local beer this weekend. Nothing is more American than beer, and celebrating independence with independence gives us the warm and fuzzies.
|Alabama||Yes||Beer must be under 14% ABV and below 25.5 ounces. 26 counties are “dry,” thus do not allow the sale of alcohol, but possession and consumption are legal here. Furthermore, 23 of the 26 dry counties have at least one “wet” city, which technically makes them “moist” dry counties. Way to make it weird, Alabama.|
|Arizona||Yes||“Beer busts,” or all-you-can-drink deals, are illegal.|
|Arkansas||Yes||Except between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.|
|Colorado||Yes||8 a.m. to midnight for all beer, wine, and liquor; 5 a.m. to midnight for 3.2 beer. Good looks, Colorado.|
|District of Columbia||Yes|
|Florida||Yes||Prohibited between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m.|
|Georgia||Yes||Cap of 14% ABV. Guess that means no Utopias at your BBQ.|
|Indiana||Yes||But it won’t be cold if it’s from a grocery store or gas station. It will be cold from a liquor store.|
|Kansas||Yes||Only 3.2 beer at grocery stores and gas stations. Kansas alcohol laws are quite complicated.|
|Kentucky||Yes||Except in the approximately 39 dry counties. Stay near major metropolitan areas.|
|Louisiana||Yes||Everywhere, all the time.|
|Maine||Yes||If you’re not in one of the 56 towns that prohibit the sale of alcohol.|
|Maryland||Yes||Varies by locality.|
|Minnesota||Yes||Get your growlers before 10 p.m.|
|Mississippi||Yes||Even some dry counties have voted in beer sales, in certain cities.|
|New Hampshire||Yes||14% ABV cap.|
|New Jersey||Yes||But most supermarkets, convenience stores, and gas stations don’t sell it.|
|New York||Yes||At supermarkets and convenience stores (not at liquor stores). Some counties ban beer sales, and there are 12 dry towns, mostly in western N.Y.|
|North Carolina||Yes||15% ABV cap. Progress!|
|Ohio||Yes||Some counties restrict hours of off-premises sales.|
|Oklahoma||Yes||If it’s 4% ABV or higher, and it’s sold at a liquor store, it can only be sold at room temperature. Bring a cooler.|
|Pennsylvania||Yes||But not at state-operated liquor stores.|
|Rhode Island||Yes||Only in liquor stores.|
|South Carolina||Yes||14% ABV cap. Off-premises beer and low-alcohol wine sold 24 hours.|
|Tennessee||Yes.||As of 2019, you can now buy beer on the 4th of July in Tennessee.|
|Texas||Yes||7 a.m. to midnight, unless you’re in one of 11 completely dry counties.|
|Utah||Yes||No kegs. Only state-controlled stores can sell booze over 4% ABV, and those all close by 10 p.m.|
|Vermont||Yes||Up to 16% ABV in grocery and convenience stores! Over 16% ABV, head to state liquor stores. (Sometimes they’re attached, so you’re probably fine.)|
|Virginia||Yes||Off-premises sales no later than 12 a.m.|
|West Virginia||Yes||12% ABV cap on beer. Laaame. Also, if you’re buying loose bottles and cans, they’ve gotta be in a bag.|
|Wisconsin||Yes||Some counties and municipalities only allow beer sales until 9 p.m.|