The Fourth of July weekend has here, and with it, the formal start of summer! To prepare for the long weekend ahead, whether you want to spend it lounging by the pool or binge-watching a few movies indoors, you’ll most likely be hitting the superstore and the booze store. Grilling season has arrived, which means burgers, dogs, and brews are all but certain.
Families all throughout the country are getting together to celebrate the holiday of independence by taking advantage of the wonderful weather and each other’s company. You may, of course, be wondering which stores are open and which are closed for the long weekend, given that it’s a holiday. Fourth of July this year falls on a Monday; as a result, many businesses are also taking the day off on the following Tuesday, which is also known as July 2. So, what does this mean for your next round of retail therapy?
A six-pack or a few handles of hard liquor are essential for your survival during this weekend’s prolonged shopping period. According to Good Housekeeping, the likelihood of your local booze store remaining open in July 2022 varies by state.
It is possible that state-owned liquor stores in five states will be open on the holiday. If you’re in Alabama, Idaho, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, or Virginia, we strongly advise you to check with your local liquor store to verify if it’s open or closed on this particular day before making a trip. Even on the Fourth of July, hours may be restricted.
The chances are good that your local booze store will be open until July 2022 if you don’t live in Alabama, Idaho, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, or Virginia. For booze retailers, July weekend is a big moneymaker, so it seems natural that they’d want to stay open.
In the end, your local liquor store may be closed or have limited hours for a variety of reasons. If you’re unsure, it’s usually a good idea to call ahead and confirm.
There are, of course, numerous exceptions to every rule.. There are a number of reasons why a store could be allowed to remain open if it isn’t owned by the government.
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and Minnesota are the states that do not have state-controlled liquor sales and distribution, according to Legal Beer. New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island are the states that do have state-controlled liquor sales and distribution, according to Legal Beer.
In the end, you’ll be better served by contacting your local retailer. Although liquor sales are not regulated by the state of Kansas, liquor stores are closed on Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and a few other holidays.
The following states are alcoholic beverage control states (ABC states), meaning the state controls the sale and/or distribution of liquor. (Keep in mind, though, that even if states allow the state-run liquor stores to be open, hours can still vary by location.)
- Alabama: Liquor stores will be closed, according to last year’s hours.
- Idaho: Liquor stores will be closed.
- Iowa: Liquor stores will be open.
- Maine: Liquor stores will be open.
- Michigan: Liquor stores will be open.
- Mississippi: Liquor stores will be open.
- Montana: Liquor stores will be closed.
- New Hampshire: Liquor stores will be open.
- North Carolina: Liquor stores will be open.
- Ohio: Liquor stores will be open.
- Oregon: Liquor stores will be open.
- Pennsylvania: Liquor stores will be open.
- Utah: Liquor stores will be closed.
- Vermont: Liquor stores will be open.
- Virginia: Liquor stores will be open.
- West Virginia: Liquor stores will be open.
- Wyoming: Liquor stores will be open.
The following states are not ABC states and have privately-owned liquor stores. That means holiday hours are up to the owner of the store. Individual counties and municipalities could have laws that effect whether stores are open on Memorial Day, too. As always, call ahead to find out what your local store is doing!
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota