Blue Laws Law and Legal Definition

Blue laws are state or local laws which prohibit certain activities on Sundays, particularly entertainment, sports or drinking, to honor the Christian Sabbath. Blue laws find its origin from the New England colonies where the puritans kept the Sabbath sacred. In most states blue laws have been repealed, but vestiges remain at least informally. Some states still prohibit liquor sales on Sunday; though in certain other states it is permitted. Blue laws usually prohibited regular work on Sunday, plus any buying, selling, traveling, public entertainment, or sports. One major argument against blue laws is that they violate the limitation in the First Amendment that government should not pursue establishment of a religion.