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 an article in 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 are 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Are Massachusetts' blue laws outdated?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.


Anna Bucciarelli November 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM
No, no and no again! Keep the holidays sacred for families ... stores will get our business whenever, no need to interrupt family time, especially for those who travel a good distance to be with loved ones.
Erin Sanor November 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I agree with Anna completely - our brave hearted retail workers that put up with Black Friday should not be expected to give up their Thanksgiving too.
Niki Shah November 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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