Are Liquor Stores Open Today? 4th of July Weekend Hours

As July 4, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday, many non-essential government services will be closed for the day. While this won't affect liquor stores across the U.S., some states have state-run liquor stores that may be impacted by the July 4 holiday.

Liquor laws vary by state, and sometimes even by county, so before heading out on a liquor run on July 4, make sure you understand your local liquor laws. Stocking up beforehand on July 3 could be your best option, to ensure that you're not caught short on the day.

States with State-Run Liquor Stores

  • Alabama
  • Idaho
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Virginia
A view of the many different types of Kentucky bourbon that are produced in Kentucky at a Party Mart liquor store on June 1, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky. State-run liquor store hours may be impacted by the July 4 holiday. John Sommers II/Getty


The Alabama ABC Board has yet to announce whether or not its state-run liquor stores will be open on July 4, but they are open on all other holidays except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

In Alabama, 24 of the state's 67 counties are dry, but there are 55 wet cities in dry counties.


In Idaho, all liquor stores will be open following regular hours on July 4, but contract liquor stores may be closed, depending on location.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet stores will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, but it has not announced its holiday hours, so check with your local store, as hours may vary by location.

New Hampshire's outlets are hosting a sale in honor of July 4, however, and is offering 15 percent off the purchase of 12 or more bottles of Champagne and sparkling wines.

North Carolina

The North Carolina ABC Commission will be closed on July 3 in observance of Independence Day, but the stores follow different hours. North Carolina state law prohibits the sale of alcohol on July 4, but some stores will be open on July 3.


In Pennsylvania, most reopened stores that are normally open on Saturdays will be open on July 4 beginning at their normal Saturday opening hours, through 4 p.m, and most stores will offer curbside pick-up from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.


Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced that Utah's state-run liquor stores will remain open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 3 but will be closed on July 4.


All Virginia ABC stores will open at noon on July 4 and will close early at 6 p.m. Virginia ABC is celebrating Independence Day with a sale lasting through 4 July, allowing customers to save 20 percent on spirits including whiskey, rum, vodka, and gin.