It's nearly time to brainstorm a Thanksgiving menu, dream up your Thanksgiving table settings, and craft an eye-catching Thanksgiving centerpiece for your favorite holiday. But as you're basting the turkey and throwing your famous homemade pie in the oven, you might realize with a start that you're completely out of wine. Don't worry! We're here to answer your most pressing question once and for all: Are liquor stores open on Thanksgiving?
Maybe you're hosting this year and want to ensure that you've got time to grab a few more bottles before the big feast. Maybe you're a guest, and you're on the hunt for the perfect Thanksgiving gift. Or maybe you just want to have a drink to toast the oncoming holiday season. Whatever your circumstances may be, you've asked this age-old question often enough that we've decided to do a little digging and come up with some answers.
Luckily for you, we've got all the information you need right here. So sit back, pull on your stretchiest stretchy pants, and relax as we walk you through just about everything you need to know about which liquor stores are open near you on Thanksgiving.
P.S. We've also got information on Walmart's Thanksgiving hours and McDonald's Thanksgiving hours, plus other stores and restaurants that will be open on the big day...just in case you need to pick up other items while you're out.
Which liquor stores will be open on Thanksgiving, assuming they are state-owned?
The short answer: It depends on the state. Some liquor store hours are determined by local and state regulations, while privately owned stores can stay open or shut their doors on Thanksgiving depending on the whims of their owners.
To make it a little less confusing, we've compiled a list of states for which state-owned liquor stores are typically (but not always!) open on Thanksgiving Day. Remember, you should still check with individual stores as their hours may vary depending on ownership, and you can also contact your state's alcohol control board for the most updated information.
Those states are as follows:
- Louisiana, though some areas restrict liquor sales on Thanksgiving Day
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Oregon (some are open, some are closed!)
- Pennsylvania, but state-operated liquor stores are closed
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Which liquor stores will be closed on Thanksgiving, assuming they are state-owned?
Below, we've compiled a list of states for which state-owned liquor stores are typically (but not always!) closed on Thanksgiving Day. Again, depending on the particular laws of the state, privately-owned stores might remain open at their owners' discretion. Check with individual stores or contact your state's alcohol control board for the most accurate information.
- Alabama (beer and wine may be purchased, but not liquor)
- Some parishes of Louisiana restrict Thanksgiving Day sales.
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
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