- Department of Labor Standards
Media Contact for Permits for Holiday Openings Thanksgiving Day-11/23/23 & Christmas Day-12/25/23
Michael Flanagan, Director
To: All Massachusetts Chiefs of Police, The Police Commissioner of the City of Boston
From: Michael Flanagan, Director Department of Labor Standards
Date: October 18, 2023
Re: Permits for Holiday Openings Thanksgiving Day-November 23, 2023 and Christmas Day-December 25, 2023
The Department of Labor Standards must approve all local permits to allow retail stores and businesses to perform work and to be open on certain holidays, including Thanksgiving, November 23, 2023, and Christmas Day, December 25, 2023. Permits must be approved by the Department of Labor Standards on a uniform basis statewide. See Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 136, §15.
Please be advised that the Department of Labor Standards will NOT issue statewide approval for permits for businesses to open on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day 2023.
For further information, please view our Blue Laws Overview on our website at https://www.mass.gov/guides/massachusetts-blue-laws-and-working-on-sundays-and-holidays or contact the Department of Labor Standards at (617) 626-6951.