New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration and many Americans will be looking to raise a glass with their family and friends.
However, buying alcohol—off-premise rather than in a bar or restaurant—can be a tricky endeavor, especially for states that have wet, moist or dry areas.
Newsweek has rounded up the state laws for each of the American states to help readers navigate some complex shopping hours.
Let’s start with one of the complicated American States. Alabama has 67 counties and 26 of them are dry, prohibiting the sale of alcohol. However, possession and consumption remain legal, and out of the dry counties, 23 have at least one “wet” city.
Stated owned retail liquor stores, also known as ABC stores, close on public holidays and have limited hours compared to privately owned stores. Residents can see local store opening times using the Alabama ABC Board website. If you’re after beer and wine, these are sold at grocery stores.
Normally, state-owned liquor stores open 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Grocery stores open until 2:00 a.m. local time.
Alaska liquor stores will be permitted to be opened at 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. AST.
Beer, wine and spirits can be bought from grocery stores between 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. local time.
Liquor stores in the state sell spirits and wine, with beer and Arkansas wine sold at groceries. Off-premise sale hours are 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
California stores selling liquor can remain open until 2:00 a.m. local, when the law prohibits further sales. Stores can not reopen until 6:00 a.m. PST.
Colorado stores can sell liquor from 8:00 a.m. MST until midnight on a daily basis. Interestingly, businesses can only have a single full liquor license in the state, which means that only one Target, Wal-Mart and Safeway in the entire state can sell liquor.
On any day Monday through Saturday, liquor stores in Delaware are prohibited from selling alcohol between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. local time. Anything in between is fair game.
Partygoers can pick up alcohol beverages after 7:00 a.m. until midnight in Florida, according to state law.
In Atlanta, liquor patrons can purchase the alcohol of their choice from 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. local time.
The state of Hawaii is on a county by county basis. In Honolulu County, stores can sell liquor between 6:00 a.m. and midnight. In Kauai, Maui and Hawaii counties, liquor can be sold by retailers between 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. local time. Some stores are able to sell for 24 hours a day with a special license.
On New Year’s Eve, there are no specific restrictions on liquor sales so stores will operate with regular business hours.
The sale of alcohol is not state controlled and all beverages can be sold in grocery stores. Between Monday and Thursday, liquor can be sold at a store from 10:00 a.m. until midnight local time.
The legal hours that alcoholic beverages are permitted to dispense alcoholic beverages is 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. local time.
Anyone needing alcohol for New Year’s Eve needs to buy it after 6:00 a.m. and before 2:00 a.m. local time as the law permits.
Retail establishments selling alcoholic beverages in Kansas can do so between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. local time unless they have extended hours.
Kentucky has wet and moist designated territories for selling alcohol and aside from extended permits and prohibited Sunday sales, regulated hours are created through local ordinances.
Louisiana hours are based on local ordinance and vary depending on where the business is located.
Alcohol in Maine can legally be sold after 6:00 a.m. local until 1:00 a.m. local time the next day.
Maryland liquor store hours vary by county but in Montgomery County, stores are open from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. local time.
Massachusetts doesn’t have a prohibition law for New Year’s Eve and stores are generally permitted to be open from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. local time.
Liquor stores in Michigan are prohibited from selling alcohol between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve (times are for January 1, 2020).
Minnesotans should plan to head to the liquor store after 8:00 a.m. and before 10:00 p.m. local time when stores close.
In Mississippi, liquor stores can be open and sell alcohol from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. CST the next day.
Normal hours of operation for liquor stores in Missouri are from 6:00 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. local time the next day.
In Montana, agency liquor stores may remain open during the period between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. local time the next day.
No alcoholic liquor, including beer, shall be sold at retail or dispensed on any day between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m local time, according to state law.
Alcohol can be bought 24 hours a day, including on a Sunday, according to state law. This means that it is dependent on your local store.
In New Hampshire, liquor stores can conduct transactions from 6:00 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. EST local time.
Spirits can only be sold after 9:00 a.m. and before 10:00 p.m. local time in the state of New Jersey, although it can be limited by local ordinances. As for wine and beer, the timing of those sales is up to the municipality to decide.
Stores in New Mexico cannot sell liquor before 7:00 a.m. local time or after midnight, according to state law.
In New York, liquor and wine stores are confined to selling alcohol between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and midnight local time. Stores selling beer can do so all day from Monday until Saturday.
In North Carolina, state-regulated stores cannot open before 9:00 a.m. or remain open after 9:00 p.m. local time.
North Dakota residents should plan to head to the store from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. local time on New Year’s Eve / January 1, 2020.
For those shopping in Ohio, they cannot do so before 5:30 a.m. or after 2:30 a.m. EST the next day.
On days falling between Monday and Saturday, alcoholic beverages in Oklahoma can only be sold between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. CST.
Oregon’s liquor store hours vary store to store, but typically range from 7:00 a.m. until around 10 p.m.
On New Year’s Eve, all liquor stores in Pennsylvania will close at 8:00 p.m. local time.
In Rhode Island, alcoholic beverages must be sold between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. EST.
Monday through Saturday, sales of liquor can only be conducted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST in South Carolina.
South Dakota liquor stores can sell liquor to eligible patrons between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. CST.
In Tennessee, alcoholic beverages can only be sold after 8:00 a.m. and before 3:00 a.m. EST.
Texas New Year’s Eve revelers can purchase beer and wine from 7:00 a.m. local time until midnight. However, liquor can only be sold from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. CST.
Alcohol can be purchased in Utah from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. MST from Monday to Saturday.
For partygoers in Vermont, plans should be arranged to purchase liquor between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. EST on January 1.
Store hours vary but some open as early as 8:00 a.m. EST and close as late as 9:00 p.m. EST, so it’s best to check the hours of local stores before making a plan of when to shop.
Washington state patrons can purchase alcohol after 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. PST on January 1.
Beer and wine can be sold in West Virginia from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. EST the next day. However, liquor stores can only remain open from 8:00 a.m. until midnight, January 1, 2020.
Liquor stores in Wisconsin can remain open between the hours of 6:00 a.m. until midnight, although local ordinances can override those hours.
Wyoming has no restrictions specific to New Year’s Eve, so liquor stores will likely open after 6:00 a.m. and close before 2:00 a.m. local time.
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