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Are Massachusetts' blue laws outdated?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.

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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