Can You Buy Alcohol on Thanksgiving? (2023)

Whether it be coordinating travel arrangements for yourself or your loved ones, compiling a menu suitable for feeding dozens of people, or simply preparing yourself to spend a significant amount of time around family, Thanksgiving can be a stressful time of year. In between all the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to forget to grab a couple bottles of booze while out on your grocery run.

But what do you do if you realize you forgot to buy alcohol for Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day? Can you even buy alcohol on Thanksgiving? Well, it really depends on what state you live in. And even then, we recommend calling to double check before hopping in the car as some privately owned liquor stores may be closed, even in states where the sale of alcohol is permitted.

Check out the chart below to see if you can buy alcohol in your state this Thanksgiving, and have a wonderful Turkey Day!

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State Alcohol? Notes
Alabama Some You can purchase beer and wine on Thanksgiving, but no liquor.
Alaska Yes It’s going to be cold.
Arizona Yes
Arkansas Yes
California Yes
Colorado Yes
Connecticut No
Delaware No
Florida Yes
Georgia Yes
Hawaii Yes
Idaho Some No liquor sales, however a county or city may, by ordinance, allow the sale of liquor on Thanksgiving.
Illinois Yes
Indiana Yes
Iowa Yes
Kansas No
Kentucky Some Privately owned retailers may be open. Some counties outlaw the sale of alcohol on Thanksgiving.
Louisiana Some Some parishes forbid the sale of alcohol on Thanksgiving.
Maine Yes So long as the retail space is no more than 5,000 square feet.
Maryland Yes
Massachusetts No
Michigan Yes
Minnesota No
Mississippi Some Only beer is available for sale.
Missouri Yes
Montana Some Beer and wine are available at supermarkets and convenience stores. Liquor sales are outlawed. However, proposed House Bill 867, which has yet to be signed into law, proposes that liquor stores be open on Sundays and Holidays.
Nebraska Yes
Nevada Yes
New Hampshire Some Liquor stores are closed on Thanksgiving. Grocery stores may sell packaged beverage up to 6 percent alcohol.
New Jersey Yes
New Mexico Yes
New York Yes
North Carolina Some Liquor sales are banned.
North Dakota No
Ohio Some Liquor sales are outlawed.
Oklahoma Some Liquor sales are outlawed, though grocery stores and convenience stores are able to sell pre-packaged beer and wine.
Oregon Yes Some privately owned, non-state controlled liquor stores may be open on Thanksgiving.
Pennsylvania Some Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board-owned stores will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Rhode Island No
South Carolina Yes
South Dakota Yes
Tennessee Some Grocery stores may sell beer on Thanksgiving, but not wine. All retail liquor stores are closed. House Bill 371, proposed in 2021, seeks to open the sale of all alcohol on Thanksgiving, though it has yet to be signed into law.
Texas Some Retail liquor sales are prohibited.
Utah No
Vermont Yes Privately owned liquor stores may choose to open.
Virginia Some All Virginia State ABC stores will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Washington Yes State run liquor stores will be closed, though privately-owned businesses are able to open.
West Virginia Yes
Wisconsin Yes State controlled liquor stores will be closed.
Wyoming Yes