Is the liquor store open on Memorial Day 2023?

Memorial Day, a holiday observed in the United States, is a time for honoring the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It is also a long weekend that many people use for relaxation, picnics, and other outdoor activities. If you plan on indulging in a drink or two, here’s what you need to know about shopping for liquor on Memorial Day.

Are liquor stores open on Memorial Day 2023?

In most cases, the answer is yes. But even in a free society, there are some limitations, and in one state, the answer is a surprising, outright “no.”

For your Memorial Day last-minute alcohol purchase decisions, here is a useful state-by-state chart.

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 Closed  
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  
Michigan Yes  
Minnesota Yes  
Mississippi Yes Local authorities determine hours of the sale.
Missouri Yes  
Montana Closed  
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 is 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 are sold 24 hours.
South Dakota Yes  
Tennessee Yes  Beer sales off-premises vary by municipality.
Texas Yes  
Utah Closed  
Vermont Yes  
Virginia Yes  
Washington Yes  
West Virginia Yes  
Wisconsin Yes  
Wyoming Yes  

Shop Early or Late

If you want to avoid the crowds, consider shopping for liquor either early in the morning or later in the evening on Memorial Day. This way, you can take your time selecting the perfect bottle and get in and out of the store quickly. If you prefer shopping during the day, be prepared for longer wait times and busy stores.

In conclusion, Memorial Day is a time for remembrance and celebration, and for many, a time for enjoying a drink. Whether you’re looking for specific brands or want to take advantage of Memorial Day sales, remember to check with your local liquor store for their hours and be sure to shop early or late to avoid the crowds.


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