In the past two and one-half years, eleven states have modernized alcohol sales by abolishing Blue Laws that prohibited sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays. Sunday is the second busiest shopping day of the week, a fact now recognized by these states.
The eleven most recently modernized states are Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Currently, two of every three states permit alcohol beverage purchases on Sundays.
Blue laws, which were passed to promote religion, have prohibited numerous activities on Sundays - kissing, traveling unnecessarily, playing baseball, buying groceries, playing cards, dancing, buying alcohol beverages, and many more. Today, however, blue laws almost exclusively target buying alcohol.