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The History of the Lemonade Stand

It seems as though there’s one summer tradition that spans from generation to generation. Maybe your grandparents were making 5 cents a pop, while you’re kids are making $1.50, but regardless of the price, lemonade stands are one thing that seem to go hand-in-hand with childhood and summertime.

According to an article on, “lemonade stands were first referenced in news media by the New York Times in 1879. A shopkeeper in New York City erected a stand outside his store and sold lemonade to passersby. The stand was so popular that a little crowd gathered there each day and blocked the sidewalk, leading authorities to intervene. In 1880, a New York Times article mentioned ‘scores’ of lemonade stands popping up all over the city during the hot summers where patrons could buy a glass of freshly-made lemonade for 5 cents, as opposed to the 15 cents charged in a bar.”

Nowadays, lemonade stands are commonly owned and operated by children. We bet you didn’t know that lemonade stands are usually in technical violation of several laws, including operation without a business license, lack of adherence to health codes, and sometimes even child labor laws. Of course, prosecutions of lemonade stand operations are extremely rare.

At SRE Group, we love a good lemonade stand and we’d love to hear your story about the first one you ever ran. Share your story on our Facebook page.

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