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Thanksgiving Holiday Parking Rules

Turkey Day Driving

Photo via Michael Hodge on Flickr

Nothing can ruin a Thanksgiving weekend more than getting a $72 ticket...except being blamed for your in-laws' car getting towed. We've broken down the matrix of rules and regulations for you so you can relax this Thanksgiving knowing that neither will happen to you.

THANKSGIVING DAY

What will not be enforced on Thanksgiving Day:
•    Commuter Tow-Away (ex. No Parking 3 p.m - 7 p.m Commuter Lane)
•    Residential Permit Areas
•    M-F Daytime Street Sweeping (ex. Street Sweeping Thursday 8-10 a.m.)
•    Daytime 7 DayStreet Sweeping
•    SF Parking Meters (However, Port Authority Meters will be enforced!)*

What will be enforced on Thanksgiving Day:   
•    Port Authority Parking Meters (many until 11 pm so read the hours!)*
•    Night-time 7 Day Street Sweeping such as on Market Street
•    Non-Residential 1 Hour and 2 Hour Zones
•    White Zones, Green Zones, Yellow Zones, Blue Zones, Red Zones

THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING

What will not be enforced the day after Thanksgiving:
•    Commuter Tow-Away (ex. No Parking 3 pm -7 pm Commuter Lane)
•    Residential Permit Areas
•    M-F Daytime Street Sweeping (ex. Street Sweeping Friday 8-10 am)

What will be enforced the day after Thanksgiving:
•    7 Day Street Sweeping
•    All Parking Meters
•    Non-Residential 1-Hour and 2-Hour Zones
•    White Zones, Green Zones, Yellow Zones, Blue Zones, Red Zones

There is a situation where it's easy to make an expensive mistake on the day after Thanksgiving because it doesn't feel like a workday: Commuter lanes such as the ones along the Embarcadero, Fifth Street, and Mission Street, are not enforced on Friday. But remember, all of the meters are.

SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING
Although it feels like a holiday, it is just a regular Saturday in the eyes of the DPT, and they will hand out $250,000 worth of citations like they do every day, so be mindful.

*To see just exactly where Port Authority Property is, click here and look at the key...any street in the yellow zone is Port Authority jurisdiction.

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