Parking rules are suspended on Thanksgiving Day because…
Thanksgiving Day is classified as a major legal parking holiday in Parking Ticket Land:
- You do not have to obey parking signs, except for parking signs that are in effect all days, all times, or “anytime”
- You do not have to feed parking meters. Yea!
- Street cleaning rules (ASP rules) are suspended. You don’t have to dance the street cleaning polka
What is the difference between a parking rule “legal holiday” and a “major legal holiday?” Here’s what the Evil Empire has to say:
“On major legal holidays, stopping, standing, and parking is permitted, except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (such as, “No Standing Anytime”). Parking meters are not in effect on major legal holidays.”
What about a “legal holiday”:
- Street cleaning rules are suspended on a legal holiday
- That’s it…No more gifts!
What are the “major legal holidays?”
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
A major legal holiday is “observed” on Monday immediately after the weekend (Sunday) if the actual date of the holiday falls on a weekend. For example, New Year’s Day (January 1, 2012) fell on a Sunday in 2012. Therefore, the driving community enjoyed a two (2) day parking rules holiday in NYC because stopping, standing, and parking rules were suspended (except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules were in effect seven days a week), and parking meters were not in effect, on Sunday and Monday.
Two for the price of one major legal holiday. Yea!
Does this mean you get your Christmas presents on the actual holiday date, and the observed holiday date?
Is Martin Luther King’s birthday a legal holiday or major legal holiday in NYC?
I can’t write about Thanksgiving without talking about the horror rained down on the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I am totally thankful for being able to celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday with a roof over my head and food on the table. But, what about all the people who will not be sharing these creature comforts anytime soon?
Here’ a link to the Red Cross website accepting donations for victims of this horrific disaster. Can you find it in your heart to share some of your good fortunes with our friends and neighbors who were not so lucky? I am.