Sundays aren’t the only day you can’t buy liquor in Texas

Prohibition-era law prevents sale of liquor on Sundays

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SAN ANTONIO – Most Texans are aware that the Texas alcoholic beverage code prohibits the sale of liquor on Sundays but that’s not the only day liquor sales are prohibited in the Lone Star State.

Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day are all on the naughty list when it comes to liquor sales - meaning you can’t buy any.

And an even lesser-known fact: If Christmas or New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, the liquor ban applies to the Monday immediately following.

The Sunday rule dates back to 1935 when, according to the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Liquor Control Act in response to the repeal of Prohibition.

Christmas Day was added to the ban in 1967, followed by Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day in 1979.

A bill filed last year in the Texas Legislature that would have allowed liquor stores to open on New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas failed to pass out of committee, according to the Texas Tribune.

Please find a sober ride or assign a designated driver if you plan to drink. It’s never OK to drink and drive.

About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.