Free Saturday parking is back for the holidays

John McDevitt
November 30, 2019 - 2:28 pm
A Center City parking kiosk next to the remains of an old meter stand.

John McDevitt/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's an annual gift to holiday shoppers — free limited, metered street parking in Philadelphia on Saturdays.

The free parking initiative began many years ago in an effort to attract holiday shoppers to the city.

Before 11 a.m. on Saturdays, you have to pay the meter or kiosks for a parking spot on street where signs are posted. The Philadelphia Parking Authority will ticket violators.

After 11 a.m. on Saturdays, however, it's free, for the remainder of the year. Many people who didn't know about this received a "payment required" message and were left confused.

The Hess family drove from Fairless Hills into Center City to shop, and they liked the free parking.

"I think it will draw a lot of revenue to the city that's for sure," said Mike Hess. "A lot of people don't like parking at the risk of towing."  

Some parking garages in Center City and Old City are offering an $8 flat rate on Saturdays. The Parking Authority says residential parking time limits will still be enforced and all other parking regulations will remain in effect.