Are liquor stores open or closed on Columbus Day, Monday Oct 14, 2013? Many of the liquor stores across the nation are open during the Columbus Day Monday holiday, but not all of them. There are a few states and even some regions or cities within some of the states that liquor stores are closed on Monday, Oct. 14.
For instance, Maryland and the District liquor stores are open at the owner's discretion on Columbus Day Monday 2013, where Virgina liquor stores are all open, according to the Washington Post on Oct. 11.
There are 10 Federal holidays that are observed nationwide and Columbus Day is one of those holidays. Some states do not allow the sale of alcohol on Columbus Day. Utah is one of the states where you will not be able to buy liquor on this holiday. Then there are other states where liquor stores are open in some places, but not in others, like Pennsylvania.
Check this list of nationwide liquor commission websites to see if you state allows the sale of alcohol on Columbus Day.
Liquor stores that are open in states where they are allowed to open for Columbus Day Monday may have different hours of operation. Some liquor stores offer “holiday hours,” where they shorten their hours of operation for the day.
Liquor laws are so different from state to state for other things besides holiday closings. Did you know that 10% of the U.S. is dry? These are the areas that are not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages at anytime. You will find dry counties in certain areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia.
Back in 1933 when the national repeal of Prohibition took place, counties were allowed to maintain their own prohibition and many still do today. As you can see the rules and regulations that make up the liquor laws across the nation can be as different as night and day from not only state to state, but within the states themselves.
As always have a safe holiday and don't drink and drive. Columbus Day is not a notorious holiday for the consumption of spirits like New Years or Memorial Day. Even so, police are still aware that this is a three day weekend and they will be keeping their eyes on the road for drivers who may have over indulged.