In mid-July 2011, the Freedom Center of Missouri came to the legal defense of two Girl Scouts whose city had tried to shut down the cookie stand the girls had set up in their own driveway. The Center did some research and found a disturbing number of instances in which local government had shut down kid-run concession stands. The Center put those findings into a Google map that has since gotten widespread attention and started promoting “Lemonade for Liberty!”
In the past couple of years, state legislators have started to take seriously the idea that kid-run concession stands should be free from government interference. Since 2017, four states (Utah, Colorado, Texas, and Tennessee) have passed laws expressly protecting childhood entrepreneurship, and other states (including New York) are considering similar bills. Country Time Lemonade has even made protecting kid-run lemonade stands a way to promote their brand. The Freedom Center looks forward to the day when its map can show that every state protects kid-run concession stands.