4th of July: Which Liquor Stores Are Open on Independence Day? Weird Liquor Laws Could Leave Your BBQ Dry

Independence Day means time to celebrate with friends and family. More often than not, this is done with a beer in hand or a glass of bubbles. But do you know the laws around buying or selling alcohol in your State on Independence Day?

Luckily, the majority of States don't impose restrictions on selling alcohol during Independence Day, unless it's a Sunday. However, there are still some odd laws that might catch you out:

Indiana: Businesses that sell alcoholic drinks need to have "food service available, at all times, for at least 25 persons." And a packet of chips doesn't count.

Also, it is illegal for a convenience store to sell chilled beer. Liquor stores, on the other hand, can.

Alabama: Don't expect to buy anything with provocative labels on it. Advertisements that include "any person(s) posed in an immodest or sensuous manner" are illegal.

New Orleans: Liquor can be served 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, don't think about taking your glass or can outside; this is a big no-no. According to Reader's Digest, most places will provide drinkers with a plastic "go cup."

Alaska: There's no such thing as Happy Hour in this state. Bars and restaurants selling alcohol can't offer drinks at "a price less than the price regularly charged for the beverages during the same calendar week," according to state law. In fact, Happy Hours are not normally legal in some states.

Nevada: You want to get drunk in public this Independence Day? This is your place. State law explicitly states that it is not a crime to be drunk in public because drunkenness is considered a "health problem."

Utah: You have to order food with your drinks in this state. According to Reader's Digest, in Park City mixed drinks cannot contain more than 2.5 ounces of alcohol.

Kentucky: Want to buy alcohol here? You're out of luck. A lot of areas in the state are dry counties, which means buying alcohol is illegal. This is the same in Lynchburg in Moore County, Tennessee, where Jack Daniels is produced.

Ten states allow dry counties and an additional 15 allow for "partially dry" ones. Check your local alcohol laws to make sure you're not living in one. You can also use this interactive map by StateLiquorLaws.com.

It's also worth mentioning that many liquor stores are independent, so they may close to celebrate American freedom with their family and friends. But have no fear; Wal-Mart will remain open on Independence Day. Check your local store for opening hours and restrictions.

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