(Columbia-AP) -- South Carolina liquor stores will be open on July 4th.
Governor Mark Sanford says he won't make liquor stores in South Carolina close on the 4th of July.
Governors have made Independence Day a dry day for liquor store for decades. State law allows the governor to close liquor stores in the interest of law and order or public morals.
Governors traditionally have closed liquor stores on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, New Year's Day and July 4th.
Gubernatorial spokesman Will Folks says Sanford wanted to end government interference on a nonreligious holiday.
Folks says bars, clubs and restaurants have been able to sell liquor on those holidays and got an unfair advantage.
Clyde Burris of Burris Liquor Store in Charleston says he expects to be busy.