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D.C. council allows liquor sales on Sunday, July 4

Liquor stores in the District will be able to sell booze on July 4, which happens to fall this year on a Sunday, when such sales are usually prohibited.

The council approved the exception Tuesday, but not without some protest from members, including Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), who said, "the Jack Daniels and the firecrackers - that's not a good mix."

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who sponsored the measure, said the law already allows similar exceptions when Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve fall on a Sunday.

"The District is a July 4 destination," said Graham, who added that Maryland and Virginia would allow sales on Independence Day.

Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) said the measure would only encourage more people to drink on a day when there are already issues with fireworks and rowdy parties.

"To make it easier to drink on that day is not a good recipe," Wells said.

Wells was joined in opposing the bill by Alexander and Kwame Brown (D-At Large).

According to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 132 of the 332 state-run liquor stores are normally open on Sundays. Those that are normally closed will still be closed on July 4, said spokesman Philip Bogenberger.

- Ann E. Marimow, with reporting from Rosalind S. Helderman

By Ann Marimow  |  June 15, 2010; 3:26 PM ET
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , City Life , D.C. Council  
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Comments

It appears Tommy is more interested in casting an easy vote in order to appeal to what he believes are the more conservative elements within the Ward 6 African American community or so says a member of the Council staff.

Tommy suddenly finds himself in a political contest for re-election against an African American who served as Chief of Staff to Tony Williams. Tommy suddenly fears his support for the 5 cent bag tax, raises in parking meter fees, support for the unfunded 1.5 billion trolley system, his support for the failed DYRS system, and general up swing in crime in non Eastern market neighborhoods will give Kalvin Robinson, his opponent, ammunition in the campaign.

Thus the need for Tommy to discover an easy issue to appeal to who he views are conservative voters. Unfortunately, poor Tommy is out of touch with his own Ward.

Posted by: NewEra | June 16, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for the consumption of alcohol and I do so myself but I'm wondering why people can't plan ahead for July 4 and buy all the beer, wine and liquor they will need for themselves and their bbq's on Saturday? I'm sorry the Council spent time on this issue when there are far greater issued in DC with which to deal.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | June 16, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Why do we even have a ban on Sunday sales at all? Why not just dump that entirely?

Posted by: legalmoose | June 17, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

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