Last Updated on November 18, 2023 by Lawrence Berezin
Parking rules are suspended on Thanksgiving Day
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 or “anytime.”
- You do not have to feed parking meters.
- Street cleaning rules (ASP rules) are suspended. You don’t have to dance to the street cleaning polka.
What is the difference between a “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 the Monday immediately after the weekend if the actual date of the holiday falls on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday). For example, New Year’s Day (January 1, 2012) fell on a Sunday. Therefore, the driving community enjoyed a two (2) day holiday from the parking rules.
-In other words, stopping, standing, and parking rules were suspended (except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules were in effect seven days a week),
-Importantly, parking meters were not in effect, on Sunday and Monday.
-Two for the price of one major legal holiday. Yea!
No More Mistakes!
Don’t get a costly parking ticket because you didn’t know the special parking rules for Sundays and Holidays.
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 a major legal holiday in NYC?
What about Black Friday? Is the biggest shopping day of the year a parking holiday in NYC?
I can’t write about Thanksgiving without talking about the horror that rained down on the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I am totally thankful for celebrating this Thanksgiving holiday with a roof over my head and food on the table. On the other hand, what about all the people who will not be sharing these creature comforts anytime soon?
Here’s 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.