Can You Buy Alcohol on Memorial Day?


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Can You Buy Alcohol on Memorial Day?

In New York, where VinePair HQ is located, we’re privileged to live with relatively lax liquor, wine, and beer laws.

Alcohol laws vary aggressively by state, though. Every state has its own set of allowances and restrictions,  some of which are really weird. (In Oklahoma, shop owners cannot sell “low-point beer” — beer 3.2 percent ABV and below — to someone who is naked or showing nip. What the what, Oklahoma?)

Regardless of the outdated and oppressive nature of restricting alcohol sales at certain times, days, or holidays, you may be wondering: Can I buy booze on Memorial Day?

The answer is, in most cases, yes. But even in the free world, there are some restrictions, and one state that’s an unexpected, flat-out “no.”

Here’s a helpful state-by-state chart to guide you in your last-minute alcohol purchasing decisions on Memorial Day.

State Alcohol? Notes
Alabama Yes Prohibited between 12 a.m. and 12 p.m. in some counties.
Alaska Yes
Arizona Yes
Arkansas Yes  Except between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m.
California Yes
Colorado Yes
Connecticut Yes
Delaware Yes
District of Columbia Yes
Florida Yes Prohibited between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Georgia Yes
Hawaii Yes
Idaho Yes
Illinois Yes
Indiana Yes
Iowa Yes
Kansas Yes Kansas alcohol laws are quite complicated.
Kentucky Yes All alcohol sales and possession are prohibited in approximately 39 dry counties in the state.
Louisiana Yes Duh.
Maine Yes
Maryland Yes  Varies by locality.
Massachusetts No  WTH, Massachusetts?
Michigan Yes
Minnesota Yes
Mississippi Yes Local authorities determine hours of sale.
Missouri Yes
Montana Yes
Nebraska Yes
Nevada Yes  24 hours a day!
New Hampshire Yes
New Jersey Yes
New Mexico Yes
New York Yes  New York has 8 dry towns and 37 partially dry towns, which is disconcerting.
North Carolina Yes
North Dakota Yes
Ohio Yes Some counties restrict hours of off-premises sales.
Oklahoma Some Liquor sales are illegal; low-point beer (3.2% ABV or less) for consumption off-premises permissible except between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Oregon Yes Some state-owned liquor stores closed on Memorial Day.
Pennsylvania Yes
Rhode Island Yes
South Carolina Yes  Off-premises beer and low-alcohol wine sold 24 hours.
South Dakota Yes
Tennessee Yes  Beer sales off-premises vary by municipality.
Texas Yes
Utah Yes  You will be judged.
Vermont Yes
Virginia Yes
Washington Yes
West Virginia Yes
Wisconsin Yes
Wyoming Yes

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