Most off-premises alcohol sales were not permitted on Sundays until 2004.
Exceptions were made in 1990 for municipalities that were within 10 miles of the New Hampshire or Vermont border.
It is illegal to sell packaged liquor (off-premises sales) on Sundays.
Sales also are prohibited on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Since the law changed in 2004, off-premises sales are now allowed anywhere in the state, with local approval, after noon. The sale of alcohol is prohibited in most of Mississippi on Sundays.
Also, the sale of liquor is not allowed at all in nearly half of the state's counties.
Many goods and items are restricted from being sold between midnight and noon on Sunday, rendering virtually all retailers closed in those hours, including malls and some large retail chains (though it is open Sundays before noon only between Thanksgiving & Christmas Eve); however, some businesses that open 24 hours, like grocery stores, are allowed to be open on Sunday. Prior to 1967, the law was stricter in that all businesses were closed from 12 a.m. The changes were made after a 1966 blizzard, after which citizens were not able to purchase some needed goods and services due to the blue law.