Are Liquor Stores Open on Thanksgiving? Everything You Need to Know

by Jon D. B.

Whether wine is a family tradition or you need whiskey to get through a day with yours, we’ve got all the details by state for liquor stores on Thanksgiving day.

Ready for Thanksgiving with the family? For some, liquor, beer, and wine bring the family together and are an essential part of feasting festivities. For others, they’re a coping mechanism. More often than not, however – they’re both.

No matter which category you fit into, chances are a member of the family (we’re looking at you, recently-21-college-sibling) will need to make a run to liquor stores on turkey day. Whether you’ll be able to enter and purchase said alcohol on a state holiday like Thanksgiving, though, is entirely up to said states.

As a result, state policies on liquor stores are listed below for your convenience. After all, we don’t want you going without on such a day any more than you do!

First things first.

Which State’s Liquor Stores Will Be Open on Thanksgiving?

Please be advised from the get-go: this, firstly, assumed that the stores are state-owned. Secondly, it all depends on individual state laws. Everything from liquor stores’ hours to their advertising is subject to the regulation of local and state laws.

Privately-owned liquor stores, however, have the ability to open or close on Thanksgiving purely by the preference of their owner. If your favorite local liquor stop is a private store, then simply give them a call. A short phone call & question will save you a ton of hassle.

That said, below are the states in which state-owned liquor stores are usually open on Thanksgiving Day. If you do not see your state listed, i.e. whiskey distillin’ Tennessee and Tequila titan Texas, it is best to check with your state’s Alcoholic Beverage Commission/Bureau.

State-Owned Liquor Stores Open on Thanksgiving Day:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana, (NOTE: some areas restrict liquor sales Thanksgiving Day)
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey, New Mexico, & New York
  • Oregon (varies by county)
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Which State’s Stores Will be Closed?

Assuming they are also state-owned, that is. If your state is on the list below, it is likely that any chain and/or state liquor stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Privately owned stores may have the ability to open or close on Thanksgiving in these states. To restate, if your favorite local liquor store is a private venture, then simply give them a call!

Some of these states, however, have strict no-alcohol rules for holidays. It seems archaic, but it’s true. For those states, it is best to click on the provided links for further information from their state alcohol boards.

State Liquor Stores NOT OPEN on Thanksgiving Day:

That about covers it! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at And don’t forget to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

[H/T Country Living]