Blue Laws by State

Blue laws, or Sunday laws, are laws that limit commercial and entertainment activities on a certain day, typically Sunday, for religious observance and rest. Most often, blue laws bar the sale or purchase of alcohol. Though blue laws have a historically religious basis, therefore raising constitutional concerns under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, they were upheld as constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in the case of McGowan v. Maryland. The Court’s decision left the implementation and enactment of blue laws to each state. 

While most blue laws have been repealed in the country after the American War of Independence (1775-1783), there are still many states that have stricter regulations on alcohol and car sales on Sundays. Conversely, only five states (Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia) outlaw the sale of hard liquor. To add, ten states do not have state-wide blue laws, but allow each county to decide for itself.

Learn for yourself how blue laws change by state by investigating the data in the charts.

Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions by State

Alabama - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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7,820,520

#29 in the US

Alaska - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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1,856,775

#47 in the US

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$12.8

#32 in the US

Arizona - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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12,170,354

#21 in the US

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$3

#11 in the US

Arkansas - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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4,541,883

#35 in the US

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$2.5

#3 in the US

California - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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75,177,380

#1 in the US

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$3.3

#12 in the US

Colorado - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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15,646,400

#13 in the US

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$2.28

#4 in the US

Connecticut - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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8,170,589

#28 in the US

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$5.94

#22 in the US

Delaware - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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4,279,456

#36 in the US

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$4.5

#19 in the US

Florida - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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51,085,736

#2 in the US

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$6.5

#28 in the US

Georgia - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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15,545,319

#14 in the US

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$3.79

#13 in the US

Hawaii - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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2,346,738

#44 in the US

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$5.98

#23 in the US

Idaho - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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3,402,467

#38 in the US

Illinois - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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22,838,096

#5 in the US

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$8.55

#31 in the US

Indiana - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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14,338,534

#17 in the US

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$2.68

#5 in the US

Iowa - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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6,379,038

#30 in the US

Kansas - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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5,200,227

#34 in the US

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$2.5

#6 in the US

Kentucky - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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8,811,961

#26 in the US

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$1.92

#1 in the US

Louisiana - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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9,303,865

#24 in the US

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$3.03

#14 in the US

Maine - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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3,353,216

#40 in the US

Maryland - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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11,879,812

#22 in the US

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$1.5

#2 in the US

Massachusetts - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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16,499,058

#12 in the US

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$4.05

#20 in the US

Michigan - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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22,384,480

#6 in the US

Minnesota - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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14,660,981

#16 in the US

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$5.03

#24 in the US

Mississippi - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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5,810,487

#32 in the US

Missouri - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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14,905,584

#15 in the US

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$2

#7 in the US

Montana - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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2,481,481

#43 in the US

Nebraska - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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2,899,600

#42 in the US

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$3.75

#15 in the US

Nevada - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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9,598,737

#23 in the US

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$3.6

#16 in the US

New Hampshire - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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6,020,699

#31 in the US

New Jersey - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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21,723,609

#7 in the US

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$5.5

#25 in the US

New Mexico - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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3,373,702

#39 in the US

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$6.06

#29 in the US

New York - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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34,658,345

#4 in the US

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$6.44

#30 in the US

North Carolina - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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16,762,721

#10 in the US

North Dakota - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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2,180,687

#45 in the US

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$2.5

#8 in the US

Ohio - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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16,716,114

#11 in the US

Oklahoma - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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5,363,479

#33 in the US

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$5.56

#26 in the US

Oregon - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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9,042,428

#25 in the US

Pennsylvania - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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17,668,252

#8 in the US

Rhode Island - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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2,924,048

#41 in the US

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$5.4

#27 in the US

South Carolina - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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8,640,758

#27 in the US

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$2.72

#9 in the US

South Dakota - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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1,372,167

#49 in the US

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$3.93

#17 in the US

Tennessee - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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13,623,775

#19 in the US

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$4.4

#21 in the US

Texas - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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46,815,366

#3 in the US

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$2.4

#10 in the US

Utah - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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3,798,510

#37 in the US

Vermont - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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1,089,753

#50 in the US

Virginia - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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13,645,830

#18 in the US

Washington - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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13,509,654

#20 in the US

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$14.27

#33 in the US

West Virginia - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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2,079,221

#46 in the US

Wisconsin - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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16,868,513

#9 in the US

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$3.25

#18 in the US

Wyoming - Distilled Spirit Sunday Restrictions

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1,645,718

#48 in the US