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Posted at 3:55 PM ET, 06/15/2010

D.C. allows liquor stores to open July 4th

By Washington Post editors

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 and Rosalind Helderman

By Washington Post editors  | June 15, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
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This is such a controversial topic. It would be good for DC liqour stores to gain more revenue, though there are huge consequences and dangers from alchol. Visit me online at or join me as a friend

Posted by: realtorleaven | June 15, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Really, what does it matter as far as people getting alcohol? If the stores were closed people would either stock up the night before, or drive to Va or Md to buy.

Might as well let DC get some sales.

Posted by: BEEPEE | June 15, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh, goody!!! The liquor stores will be open on a day that has fireworks and NO SOBER RIDE. If this isn't a recipe for disaster, I don't know what is. What genius came up with this combination? Well, I know I'm staying home.

Posted by: skinfreak | June 16, 2010 4:47 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know they still had hitching posts at the Wilson Building, but then again maybe they don't since Wells, Alexander, and Brown don't seem to ever get off their high horse.

Posted by: bayma1 | June 16, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

So the Jack Daniels on July 3rd along with the firecrackers makes for a completely safe and wonderful evening. Yvette Alexander and Wells have to be the dumbest people on the council.

Posted by: BLKManCommonSense | June 16, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The laws about selling alcohol on Sunday are idiotic anyway. Do they not believe that an addict can prepare the day before. It is even more silly because we can already buy beer and wine on Sunday's.

Posted by: cashink2003 | June 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I like this I can buy all the wine I want on Sunday without having to walk to the Giant on 14th st. Who gives a hoot what the nay sayers are saying they are going to be the main one's up in the liquor buying all the beer they can. I can't wait til July 4th..Fireworks a& Drinks..i love DC!!

Posted by: trinna22 | June 16, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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