Helen Whalen Cohen

Today is Lemonade Freedom Day! After a rash of lemonade stand shake downs, one fed up father decided to encourage children all over the country to set up lemonade stands-without permits.

From the Lemonade Freedom Day website:

Recently, we have seen many news reports of lemonade stands being shut down by police and other government workers. When kids sell things, such as lemonade, they are learning some very important lessons. They are learning about money and about being an entrepreneur. They are also learning how to be a productive member of society. They are learning about responsibility. They are participating in free and voluntary trade with willing participants. Selling lemonade is not a crime.

If you have kids, encourage them to sell lemonade today, and learn a lesson in entrepreneurship. If you don't, try to find a lemonade stand. I'll be doing the same from Montgomery County, where one of the first stories about this bureaucratic overreach broke.


Helen Whalen Cohen

Helen Whalen Cohen is Associate Editor and Community Manager at Townhall.com.