Can Mainers Be Fined For Leaving Up Christmas Lights?
Can you really be fined for keeping those inflatable Santa's in the dooryard weeks after Christmas? We got to the bottom of this bizarre rumor.
Maine certainly has some bizarre laws. Like how it's illegal in Augusta to walk down the street playing a violin. Someone please warn Charlie Daniels. However, contrary to articles published on all over the internet, Maine does not have a law that says when you need to remove your holiday decorations.
Most of the articles say decorations must be removed by January 14. The "law" simply might have been a city or town ordnance at one point.
Back in 2013 The Portland Press Herald looked into this misconception. After interviewing folks at the legislative law library in Augusta they confirmed no such law exists here in Maine.
In 2016, Huffington Post listed Maine's nonexistent law among The Craziest Laws That Still Exist In The United States...oops.
So feel free to indulge in some post-Christmas procrastination!