TELL US: Should Mass. Blue Laws Be Eliminated?

Blue laws prohibit retailers from opening before midnight on Black Friday.

Black Friday is starting earlier than ever, as some national retailers have announced they will open the night of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. However, here in Massachusetts, state blue laws prohibit stores from opening until midnight, according to a report by the Boston Globe. 

Current blue laws prohibit retailers in the state from opening on Thanksgiving, thus preventing them from getting an early start on Black Friday sales, according to the Globe article. Some exceptions include restaurants, health care facilities and gas stations. 

The laws, instituted in the 17th century, are intended to make sure holidays are properly observed, according to the Boston Globe. 

Are Massachusetts' blue laws outdated? Should they be eliminated? Tell us in the comments section below.

David Marsters November 15, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Blue laws should be eliminated also the legislature should go through all the laws as most of them are outdated and repeal them. The law books could be cut in half. I don't if it still on the books but there was a law prohibiting backing out of a driveway. That law pertained to horse and buggy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
stan knickle November 15, 2012 at 01:07 PM
the Blue Laws should be re-inforced and hours cut back not increased.
marie iapicca November 15, 2012 at 02:06 PM
No, leave the blue laws intact. People deserve that holiday with their families. It's getting ridiculous with Black Friday.
Diana November 15, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I'm a godless heathen and I think that everyone can settle down and wait until 8:00 on Friday morning to go shopping. If you think that thousands of people should be inconvenienced so that you can buy crap, then all I can do is assure you that buying crap won't fill your empty gaping soul.
robert wilson November 15, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I'm just old fashioned but I kind of liked when Sundays were nice and quiet and family friendly, holidays were enjoyed by everyone because stores closed, ah yes, those were the days.
Gene Pinkham November 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM
And we learned to drive in the Wellington Plaza parking lot.
robert wilson November 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Right, best places in the world to teach your kids to drive.
david mokal November 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Dump the Blue Laws. Stores want to open let them. Be less people trampled on,less accidents,less fights in the parking lots. Keep the bussiness here not everyone going to New Hampshire to purchase. Beats sitting around lookin at a dried up ol Turkey.
Nancy Zewiey November 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Restore blue laws to former glory.
Janet Schifano November 16, 2012 at 05:00 PM
As much as I think it is ridiculous to be shopping on Thanksgiving, there are only 3 states that do not allow stores to open on Thanksgiving, Maine, Rhode Island and Mass. Really are we old fashion or what!
Diana November 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I prefer to think of it as "sane." Nobody needs to be shopping on Thanksgiving, and more importantly no one needs to be working on Thanksgiving. Let the people whose lives are so empty that there's no place they'd rather be than Walmart drive to New Hampshire.
david mokal November 17, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Wrong Diana We do need to open Thanksgiving and spend,spend, and spend some more. The department stores pay time and a half on Holidays. People go out to shop in NH.,so they are out there anyway. So keep the money here in Mass. Puritan Days are over,Morals out the window,Family Values down the drain. Pilgrims didn't eat a nasty ol Turkey anyway. Most people would dive into a bucket of heart attack (Kenntucky Fried) than a Turkey any day.


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