Sports betting is now legal in Massachusetts and is the latest "vice" to become so since the retail sale of cannabis did in 2016. I always say, it's the like the government sort of said, "OK, fine", since its demand was too high to overlook.

Yes, sports betting is legal in Massachusetts but no sportsbook sites or locations are available. A sports betting bill passed in the closing hours of the 2022 session and was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Aug. 10.

Alcohol has been legal forever, except for the prohibition days; however, there are eight towns in Massachusetts that remain dry. Prohibition in this country lasted from 1920 to 1933.

No alcohol sign with sea gulls in South Africa

What is a dry town? If a town is dry, the sale of alcoholic beverages is illegal. There are no liquor stores and alcoholic drinks are not permitted in restaurants.

Rockport was forever dry it seemed, but the town lifted some restrictions in 2006; however, eight towns are still dry, according to

The remaining eight are as follows:

  • Alford (Berkshire County)
  • Dunstable (Middlesex County)
  • Chilmark (Dukes County)
  • Gosnold (Dukes County)
  • Hawley (Franklin County)
  • Montgomery (Hampden County)
  • West Hampton (Hampshire County)
  • Mount Washington (Berkshire County)

As you may have noticed, all of these towns don't have an incredibly large population; however, they still remain under, what some would say is an antiquated rule.

Some counties in the southern part of the country cited religious reasons for originally going dry back in the day.

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