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Thanksgiving Holiday Parking Rules in the City

Thanksgiving Holiday Parking Rules

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Nothing will put a damper on a perfectly lovely four day Thanksgiving holiday more than getting a $72 ticket, or getting towed. Except being blamed for giving bad information resulting in getting your in-laws' car towed. We've broken down the matrix of rules and regulations for you so you can feel safe and relax this Thanksgiving knowing that none of the above will happen to you.

THANKSGIVING DAY (11/28/2013)

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.)

• 7-Day Street Sweeping

• All Parking Meters including Port Authority Meters  

What will be enforced on Thanksgiving Day

• Non-Residential 1 Hour and 2 Hour Zones

• Typical violations and hazards such as: Blocking a fire hydrant, parking on the sidewalk, blocking a neighbor’s driveway, etc.

• White Zones, Green Zones, Yellow Zones, Blue Zones, Red Zones

THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING (11/29/2013)

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

• Typical violations and hazards such as:

• Blocking a fire hydrant, parking on the sidewalk, blocking a neighbor’s driveway, etc.

• 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 very much feels like a holiday: 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 (11/30/2013)

Although it still feels like a holiday, and with all of the tryptophan, family drama, food, drink, and sleep, 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.

David LaBua is a leader in the sustainable urban mobility movement, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, and Founder of VoicePark, the world’s first turn-by-turn voice-guided parking app that finds you on-street parking in 45 seconds or less.