Alcohol establishments in Oak Bluffs will have extended nighttime hours during select holidays going forward. 

The Oak Bluffs select board voted Tuesday to adjust last call for town bars on four holidays or holiday weekends. 

On Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, businesses are permitted to serve alcohol until 1 a.m. and close by 1:30 a.m. On New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July weekend, they can serve until 1:30 a.m. and close by 2 a.m.

Oak Bluffs alcohol establishments must otherwise adhere to a 12:30 a.m. last call and 1 a.m. closure — a standard set by the select board in October in an attempt to curb late-night rowdiness around town. 

Larkin Stallings, owner of The Ritz Cafe, told the select board that the extended holiday hours will financially help him accommodate the town’s earlier last call. 

“We’re asking for [these holidays] mostly because of financial stuff,” he said. “We’re trying to get a jump on the season. Memorial Day weekend and particularly Labor Day weekend can be good opportunities for us, and those extra half hours will make a difference.”

Select board member Gail Barmakian warned Mr. Stallings and other bar owners in the audience that the police department will monitor their businesses extra closely during the holidays. 

The select board approved the change unanimously.