Blue Laws in the United States

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What is a blue law?

A blue law is a law restricting or forbidding certain secular activities on Sundays. The first known blue laws in the United States were enacted in strictly Puritanical New England in the 1780s. Government officials believed that the Sabbath (Sunday) should be reserved for religious activities and thoughts.

Blue laws forbade buying, dancing, public entertainment, selling, singing (other than hymns),sports, travel, trading, and work.

Why are the laws called "blue" laws?

There are two theories regarding the reason the Sunday laws were given the name "blue."

  1. In 1781, Reverend Samuel A. Peters wrote General History of Connecticut, a list of strict religious laws to be followed in New Haven, Connecticut. The laws were said to have been printed on blue paper, but later historians have said that this is not true.
  2. In the 17th and 18th centuries, "blue" was a disparaging word meaning "rigidly moral." This is thought to be the more likely reason why the laws were so named.

Possible Origin of the Blue Laws: New Haven, Connecticut

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History of the Blue Laws

In 1781, as mentioned above, Reverend Samuel A. Peters wrote General History of Connecticut. In it, Reverend Peters listed 45 blue laws.

One blue law which Reverend Peters discussed stated that women were not permitted to kiss their children on the Sabbath or fasting days

Another of the blue laws stated that members of the executive branch of town government may take children away from their parents if they find that the children are uneducated. They may give the children to other people for the purposes of educating the children, with the parents being made to pay for the childrens' education.

The Blue Laws Hoax

Reverend Samuel A. Peters perpetuated a hoax. An Anglican minister, Reverend Peters was forced to leave the Colonies during the War for Independence (Revolutionary War). He made up the 45 supposed blue laws in order to make the Americans look foolish, uneducated, and backward.

Fashions of the 1780s

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Blue Laws and "Crazy" Laws in the 50 States

The following section lists blue laws which have been passed in the some of the 50 states, both on the state and local levels. Many blue laws which originated in Colonial times have been abolished. Some of the older blue laws still exist, however, and a number of newer ones were instituted in the second half of the 20th century. The blue laws which were passed in modern times frequently name items other than alcohol which can't be sold on Sundays.

Not all states have blue laws. For several states, I have listed laws which are a bit "crazy" rather than blue.

Alabama to Georgia

Alabama

  • The sale of liquor is banned on Sundays.


Alaska

  • The state does not have a blue law banning the sale of alcohol on Sundays, but individual communities may institute such a ban. The community of Dillingham has a ban on the Sunday sale of alcohol, but waives it for bars and restaurants every Super Bowl Sunday.


Arizona

  • It was possible to consume alcoholic beverages in Arizona's restaurants as early as 6:00am, except on Sundays, when the drinking hour began at 10:00am. The last of Arizona's so-called morality blue laws ended on the first Sunday in August 2010. On that day, the drinking hour was changed to 6:00am, enabling restaurant diners to have an alcoholic drink with their Sunday breakfast four hours earlier than in the past.


Arkansas

  • Arkansas' blue laws were enacted in 1837, a year after the territory became a state. The laws prohibited all sales—not just of alcoholand all but essential labor on Sundays, The laws weren't abolished until 1982.


California

  • Beer, wine, and liquor may not be sold between 2:00am and 6:00am anywhere in the state on any day of the week.
  • Animals may not mate in public within 1500 feet of a bar (tavern), house of worship, or school.
  • Children may not be prevented from jumping over rain puddles.
  • More than 2000 sheep may not be driven down Hollywood Boulevard at any given time.
  • Mousetraps may not be set if one does not have a hunting license.
  • Residents of Blythe County in Northern California may not wear cowboy boots in public if they do not own a minimum of two cows.
  • Residents of Redwood City in Northern California may not fry gravy.
  • The detonation of a nuclear device within the city of Chino is prohibited. A $500 fine may be levied,
  • Silly string may not be possessed, used, sold, or distributed on Hollywood Boulevard from 12:00am on October 31 to 12:00Noon on November 1.

Hollywood, California Silly String Blue Law Sign
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Colorado

  • Liquor stores may not be open on Sundays.
  • On Sundays, grocery stores may not sell any alcoholic beverages stronger than 3.2% beer.
  • It is illegal to buy or sell cars and trucks on Sundays.


Connecticut

  • In 1655, Governor Theophilus Eaton, assisted by the Reverend John Cotton, wrote blue laws for the Colony of New Haven. They sent the laws to London, England to be printed. The laws were distributed to the residents of New Haven, which later became a city in the state of Connecticut, in 1656.
  • Connecticut‘s Puritanical prohibition regarding Sunday sales of alcohol was repealed effective May 20, 2010. The blue law, which had been in effect for more than 350 years, was repealed during American Craft Beer Week.


Delaware

  • Liquor can only be sold on Sundays between 12:00Noon and 8:00pm.
  • Commercial shellfishing is not allowed on Sundays.
  • Horse racing is prohibited on Easter Sunday.
  • Hunting, with the exception of fox hunting using dogs, is prohibited on Sundays.


Florida

  • If an elephant is tied to a parking meter, the parking fee must be paid, just as if a car had been parked in the space.
  • If you are wearing a swimsuit, it is illegal for you to sing in a public place.
  • In Cape Coral, it is illegal to hang your clothes outside on a clothesline.
  • It is illegal for men to be seen publicly in a strapless gown.
  • Showering naked is considered offensive.
  • Skateboarding without a license is illegal.


Georgia

  • In April 2011, the governor of the state signed legislation which allowed cities to vote whether they would permit the sale of alcohol locally. In November 2011, voters in more than 100 cities voted to allow the sale of alcohol.


Hawaii to Maryland

Hawaii

  • A 1418 law states that it is illegal to sink the islands.

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Idaho

  • It is a criminal offense to ride a merry-go-round on a Sunday.


Illinois

  • The sale of cars is prohibited on Sundays.
  • Horse racing is only permitted on Sundays if there is a local law allowing it.


Indiana

  • The sale of beer, wine, and liquor is banned on Sundays.


Iowa

  • A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.
  • Ministers must obtain a permit to carry their liquor across state lines.


Kansas

  • In the city of Lawrence, drivers must sound their car horns when entering the city, to warn the horses of their arrival.
  • In Topeka, it is illegal to drive a herd of cattle through the city.


Kentucky

  • In the city of Lexington, it is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.


Louisiana

  • Biting someone with your natural teeth is “simple assault,” while biting someone with your false teeth is “aggravated assault.”


Maine

  • Alcohol may not be sold between 1:00am and 7:00am on any day.
  • Cars may not be sold on Sundays,
  • Hunting is banned on Sundays.
  • The law restricting department stores from opening on Sundays was repealed in 1990.
  • The state has a blue law which prohibits big box stores, department stores, and large supermarkets from opening on Thanksgiving.


Maryland

  • The state has a blue law which prohibits big box stores, department stores, and large supermarkets from opening on Thanksgiving.


Massachusetts to New Jersey

Massachusetts

  • Alcohol may not be sold on Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
  • The law banning the sale of alcohol in stores on Sundays was repealed in 2004.
  • Alcohol may be sold after 12:00Noon on Sundays if there is a local law approving such sales.


Michigan

  • Alcohol may not be sold from 2:00am to 7:00am on any day of the week.
  • Vehicles may not be sold on Sundays in counties which have a population greater than 130,000. If the dealership owner keeps the Sabbath on Saturdays, the dealership may open on Sundays.


Minnesota

  • Cars may not be sold on Sundays.
  • The sale of liquor is banned on Sundays.


Mississippi

  • The sale of liquor is not allowed in nearly half the counties in the state.
  • In the counties permitting alcohol to be sold, the sale is banned in most of those counties on Sundays.


Missouri

  • Motor vehicles may not be bartered, bought, or sold, on Sunday


Montana

  • The sale of liquor is banned on Sundays.


Nebraska

  • Parents may be arrested if their child burps during church.


Nevada

  • It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
  • It is against the law to pawn your dentures.


New Hampshire

  • It is illegal to sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt.


New Jersey

  • Cars may not be sold on Sundays.
  • The city of Paramus has a ban on all work on Sundays, with grocery stores, entertainment venues, and restaurants being the only types of establishments allowed to be open.


New Mexico to South Carolina

New Mexico

  • Alcohol may not be sold on Sundays until 12:00Noon.


New York

  • New liquor licenses will not be issued to establishments on the same street as, and within 200 feet of, a church, synagogue, other place of worship, or school.


North Carolina

  • The sale of liquor is banned before 12:00Noon on Sundays.
  • Hunting is not permitted on Sundays.


North Dakota

  • Most stores do not open until 12:00Noon on Sundays due to restrictions on what may be sold between 12:00am and 12:00Noon.


Ohio

  • A 1953 law states, in part, that no person shall be arrested on a Sunday or on the Fourth of July.


Oklahoma

  • The sale of packaged liquor is banned on Sundays.
  • Packaged (off-premises) liquor may not be sold on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
  • Car dealerships must remain closed on Sundays.


Oregon

  • In the city of Eugene, it is illegal to show movies or attend a car race on Sundays.


Pennsylvania

  • The state does not have a law banning the sale of alcohol on Sundays, but not all bars and restaurants obtain Sunday sales licenses. If a bar or restaurant does not have a license for the sale of alcohol on Sunday, the state allows the sale of alcoholic beverages on Super Bowl Sunday and also on New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day if those days are on Sunday in a given year.
  • Car dealerships must remain closed on Sundays.
  • Huntingwith the exception of coyotes, crows, and foxes—is prohibited on Sundays.


Rhode Island

  • The state has a blue law which prohibits big box stores, department stores, and large supermarkets from opening on Thanksgiving.


South Carolina

  • The sale of liquor is banned on Sundays.


South Dakota to Wyoming

South Dakota

  • It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.


Tennessee

  • The sale of liquor is banned on Sundays.


Texas

  • The blue laws regarding alcoholic beverages vary according to the type of beverage, and where it will be consumed.
  • Car dealerships must be closed on either Saturday or Sunday. The choice of which day is up to the dealership's owner.


Utah

  • The sale of liquor is banned on Sundays.


Vermont

  • Women must obtain written permission from their husband to wear false teeth.


Virginia

  • The first blue law in the Colonies was established in Virginia in 1617. It mandated church attendance for all colonists and authorized the militia to enforce the law,
  • The state-run Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores are open for limited hours on Sundays.


Washington

  • If a department store, grocery store, or warehouse club store has a size of at least 10,000 square feet, it is permitted to sell spirits on Sundays.


West Virginia

  • The sale of liquor is banned on Sundays.
  • Hunting is illegal on Sundays in 41 of 55 counties.


Wisconsin

  • Car dealerships are not permitted to open on Sundays.


Wyoming

  • Skiing while under the influence of alcohol is prohibited.


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

Hi Daisy,

This was great to know and funny also. Now, I suppose I will have to pay for my elephant being tied to a parking meter. LOL

Have a wonderful day,

Bobbi Purvis


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bobbi,

Thanks for reading my latest article and being the first person to comment in it.

I got the idea for this Hub when I read in the news that three states have laws which prohibit big box stores, department stores, and large supermarkets from opening on Thanksgiving Day. I knew there were "Sunday closing laws," but I hadn't heard about Thanksgiving. That got me thinking, and I decided to do some research.

I had thought I would be writing a serious article, but my laughter while I was writing caused me to change my mind regarding the serious nature of the piece.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Hahahaha...there are indeed some crazy laws out there. However, with all the "Black Friday" madness, and now stores pushing that envelope and opening on Thanksgiving, thereby ruining their employees' family time, I have to agree with Maine, Maryland and Rhode Island with laws to ban big box, grocery and department stores from opening on that day!

I was familiar with the concept of "blue laws" since childhood, as my mother was a native of Massachusetts, where it was still illegal to date a check on a Sunday. I don't know when that law was finally repealed, but it remained a habit with her.

As a California native, and fan of oddball laws that are not enforced, nor able to be enforced, I got a kick out of this! Here in the Golden State, a housewife can be arrested for failure to boil her dust rags. (In all my 65 years, I have yet to see a dust rag cop appear at the door!) ;-)

Some of the laws that have been written make you wonder what they were "on" when writing...such as the one from down in one of the southern states that forbids pigeons from flying over the town. Yeah...as soon as they put the pigeons in school to learn to read...SMH

Voted up and funny, shared and pinned.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Liz (DzyMsLizzy),

Thanks for reading my article and including the anecdotes in your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing and pinning my Hub.

I grew up in New Jersey, and I remember my relatives telling me that it was a "big deal" when the department stores in Newark first opened on Sundays. The other stores were closed...just the large department stores (three or four of them) opened.

I worked in an office building on Hollywood Boulevard a few years ago, in the Walk of Fame area. I was very surprised when I learned of the silly string blue law, but from what my work colleagues related, the string had made quite a mess in years past and was difficult to clean up.


Rayne123 3 years ago

This is funny and also the very first time I hear of blue laws

I love this hub it makes one smile and wonder where they came up with this

However if any one did do all these things on Sunday they would be ok lol

They would have a good argument on their hands because Sabbath day is Saturday

Blessings

Laurie


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Laurie (Rayne123),

Thanks for reading my latest article and posting your comment.


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kj force 3 years ago from Florida

Daisy Mariposa...Now you tell me. I hung my clothes out to dry, while I took a shower ( naked ). Took my pet Elephant for a walk to the ocean , discovered they are not allowed on the beach, so I tied her to a meter, "ellie " was so upset I had to sing to calm her. The police arrested me, because I have no pockets in my swimsuit and couldn't pay the parking fee.. Called my husband and being the clothes weren't dry he had to wear a strapeless gown to come down and bail me out...needless to say the car wouldn't start so he used my G-Son's skateboard( no pockets )in the gown, therefore no license...Loved you hub..very interesting..thanks for the share...Needless to say you have just gained a fan..with words of wisdom as you wrote, you just got this writer's VOTE.....


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I see the Florida laws are many and so unususal. Really, an elephant in a parking space and no showering naked? We lived in Virginia for almost 10 years and the blue law then did prohibit sales of alcohol, fortunately it didin't affect us. Others who did drink, made sure they had their stock updated on Saturday. Interesting post.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Thank you for this detailed information on the blue laws. I have heard them referenced concerning what activities can and cannot be done on Sundays. I have learned much more from you. Thank you and voted up.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

I never knew such blue laws existed, thank you for the education. Interesting and informative read. Voted up.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

How interesting! And such a comprehensive list. I was surprised at California. I have always had the impression that it was such a liberal state.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

kf force,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your very amusing comment.

I appreciate your very kind words about my writing. I like to write what I call "gently educational" Hubs. I hope you have an opportunity to read some of the others.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

I can venture a guess how the "elephant at the parking meter" law came about... Florida is the winter home for at least one traveling circus. I'll bet that someone took an elephant for a walk and tied it to a parking meter without putting any coins in the meter. The city officials, looking to earn money for the city however they could, then enacted the law.

I had relatives who lived in Virginia for a number of years. My uncle worked for a large beer distributorship. He was always complaining about the very restrictive alcohol laws in the state.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ms. Dora,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I'm glad you learned some new things by reading my Hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. While doing the research for my article, I learned that a number of countries in addition to the United States have blue laws. I hope to publish an article about those countries soon.

I'm glad you learned something new from reading my article. As you know, I like to publish "gently educational" Hubs...informative, but without pushing the educational aspect of the article.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rebecca,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Parts of California are very conservative. It varies by the city.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Daisy, this is interesting and ridiculous at the same time. I'll be sure to leave my elephant at home the next time I plan on going to downtown Orlando.

Too funny. Thanx for the giggles!


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I love those silly laws! It's the kind of thing that put a smile on my face! Thank you for that :-))))

My favorite one is the parking fee for your elephant :-) What about giraffes?

Have a great week, Daisy!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I often thought the many different laws in the different states sounds weird or strange but still have to followed by the citizens. A very interesting and informative hub also useful to many readers I have learned lots about the blue laws


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

Some funny laws still on the books. Guess someone does not like the smell of frying gravy lol.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Shauna (bravewarrior),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

I thought I was going to be writing a serious article about blue laws, but as my research progressed, so did my laughter. I'm glad my writing brought you some giggles.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Joelle (kidscrafts),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I found so many silly laws among the 50 states, I couldn't include them all in my Hub because I was afraid my article would be too long.

You mentioned "giraffes"... I think I read a law about giraffes. I'll have to look through my notes.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Devika (DDE),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. The "unusual" laws are still valid, but I doubt very much that most of them are enforced.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

SweetiePie,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Have you ever fried gravy? I can't recall ever having done so.


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J.S.Matthew 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Some of these are just plain wacky! Very interesting read! Up and shared as well as included in the "J.S.Matthew Enterprise"!

JSMatthew~


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poetryman6969 3 years ago

Yet another reason to join the military. You can still drink on base despite the blue laws!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

J.S. Matthew,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing and tweeting my Hub.

I started writing a serious article about blue laws. I wanted to include all 50 states, but was not able to find blue law information about all of them. When I decided to add wacky / crazy / silly laws for some states, I found myself laughing while doing my research. That's when the tone of my article changed.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

poetryman6969,

Thank you for reading my article.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Sop very interesting Daisy and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Parts of New Jersey still enforce the Blue Law of not allowing stores open on Sunday...I don't think it such a bad idea. However, Florida's Blue Law prohibiting bathing naked is a bit hard to understand ;)

As always Daisy you've put together a stellar hub with lots of facts and interesting information.

Voted up, useful, funny (because there is no humorous) and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for reading my latest article and including your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

Parts of Bergen County in New Jersey still have strict Sunday closing laws, the city of Paramus in particular. I can understand how Florida's elephant-at-the-parking-meter law might have come about, but the bathing naked law puzzles me.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Eddy (Eiddwen),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. My next Hub will be about blue laws outside the United States.


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

I have heard a lot about those strange laws you have in the United States but I didn't know they were called blue laws and sometimes I couldn't believe they really exist. Some of them are so ridiculous.

A very interesting, informative and well-written hub.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

This was funny and yet interesting. Most of these blue laws were ridiculous such as the elephant and the swimsuit and not singing. Voted up and funny.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Janet,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

I set out writing an article about blue laws in the United States, but I wasn't able to find examples of such laws for all the states. A blue law is a law restricting or forbidding certain secular (non-religious) activities on Sundays.

I wanted to include examples from each of the 50 states. For those states for which I couldn't find blue laws, I included examples of unusual or silly laws.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Torri Lynn,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Several readers have commented about the elephant at the parking meter law. I can easily surmise how that law came to be written.

The elephant law is from Florida. The winter home of more than one circus is in Florida. Cities derive revenue from the money placed in parking meters. An animal handler (or an unauthorized circus employee) probably took an elephant for a walk on one of the city streets and tied the elephant up at a parking meter while they went into a store.


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David Paul Wagner 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Some of these laws are so funny! I have to say, though, that some restrictions on the trading days and trading hours of big box stores, department stores and large supermarkets are not a bad thing. In Australia some businesses are expecting their employees to be available for work on any day of the year and at any hour. Such deregulation can ruin people's family time and private life.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

David,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Have you read my article that discusses blue laws around the world? Some Australian laws are listed in that Hub.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Hi Daisy - Another remarkable hub - thank you!

It looks like 'elephant law from Florida' is the winner of all blue laws.

I find it both fun and interesting to imagine the circumstances that invokes these blue laws. I will have to read your hub about 'blue laws around the world.'

Another blue law for the state of Tennessee is "No alcohol, except for beer, can be sold in markets and grocery stores period."


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I have a guess regarding Florida's elephant law... A few circuses have their winter homes in Florida. A circus worker probably rode an elephant out of the circus grounds and stopped at a store for a drink. He tied the elephant to a parking meter when he went into the bar or Starbuck's and didn't put any money in the meter. The city realized this was lost revenue, so the law was enacted.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Daisy - Thank you for this. I have to wonder if the city gave a thought to the chances of this ever happening again :)


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (vocalcoach),

Thanks for visiting again. I appreciate your support of my writing.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

Fascinating stuff. A friend and I once traveled by train overnight from Chicago to Memphis and arrived on a Sunday morning. We were very disappointed to learn that we couldn't order Bloody Marys with our breakfast!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Deb (DeborahNeyens),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your anecdote. The blue laws regarding the serving of alcohol seem to be the most common ones.

I know that you're an attorney practicing in Iowa. If you can find the reasoning behind passage of the Iowa blue law "A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public," I'll add it to my Hub.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I immediately went to Florida's blue laws! Pretty funny stuff. I remember when one could not purchase alcohol on Sundays. I think the law now is no alcohol sold until after 1 p.m. Guess that gives folks time to get out of church before they start drinking!

Voted Up, etc. and shared.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

Your state of Florida and my state of California have some of the funniest blue laws. "Showering naked is considered offensive." doesn't make any sense. Why would such a law have ever been considered?


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Crazy but funny. Do people still get arrested for breaking these laws?


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Jodah),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I worked in an office located on Hollywood Boulevard and have seen the Silly String sign which is only displayed for a few days each year.

I'm told that if people are caught spraying Silly String in Hollywood, they will receive a summons to appear in court. They'll receive a ticket which they can pay by mail and will not be arrested. Apparently, it had cost the city of Los Angeles a lot of money each year to clean up the Silly String, so a city law was passed outlawing Silly String around Halloween-time.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

I found this very interesting as I didn't realize that the blue law was still in effect in some states. I remember when New York had a blue law. All department stores were closed on Sundays. But that ended somewhere around the mid to late 70s.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Glenn,

Thanks foe reading my article and commenting in it. Many states still have blue laws. It seems that the majority of those still in effect are the ones pertaining to alcohol prohibition.


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Rock_nj 2 years ago from New Jersey

Nicely done. The section on New Jersey should be updated to include all of Bergen County. Paramus is a major town in Bergen County. The same blue law restrictions are in place across the entire county on Sundays. A question to repeal Bergen County's blue laws a few years back (not too long ago) was rejected by voters. The pundits said it was because residents wanted to have one day in which the traffic was not completely jammed on the highways.


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Daisy Mariposa 24 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Rock_nj),

Thanks for stopping by to read my article after reading my other blue laws Hub. I was born in New Jersey and lived there through my college years. I remember hearing about the mall in Paramus, but I don't think I've ever been there.


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Levertis Steele 22 months ago from Southern Clime

Someone might have said, "Don't drink alcohol on Sunday! You have six days to do that!" How respectful.

I am reminded of my childhood when I heard many adults say, "Don't lie on Sunday!"

Funny hub! Voting up.


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Daisy Mariposa 22 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Levertis Steele,

Thank you for reading my article and posting your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub.

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