Parking Holidays in Los Angeles area
Are parking restrictions enforced on holidays?
On many holidays throughout the year, most parking laws are not enforced in the city of Los Angeles and surrounding cities (towards the bottom of the page). If you are not sure which city you are trying to park in, see our What City Am I in?
For other parking related laws, see our general Parking Laws page.
AND be sure to check out other important Holiday Related Laws.
What are the parking holidays in Los Angeles?
- New Year’s Day (January 1)
- Martin Luther King’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
- President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)
- Cesar Chavez Day (Mar 31) – only street sweeping not enforced; all other rules apply
- Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
- Independence Day (July 4)
- Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
- Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly Columbus Day) (2nd Monday in October)
- Veteran’s Day (November 11)
- Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
- Day after Thanksgiving – only street sweeping not enforced; all other rules apply
- Christmas Day (December 25)
(BONUS: In addition to these days themselves, if any of the holidays fall on a Saturday, parking rules would ALSO not be enforced on the prior Friday as well! If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the rules would ALSO not be enforced on the following Monday. This applies for the city of Los Angeles, and we are not aware of it applying in other cities other than Glendale)
AND be sure to check out other important Holiday Related Laws
Are parking restrictions enforced on election days?
In the city of LA, certain parking restrictions (below) are NOT enforced within 1 block radius of polling places.
Which parking restrictions are NOT enforced on the above holidays in the city of Los Angeles?
Unless signs specifically say they are enforced on holidays, the following are NOT enforced on holidays in the city of LA:
- Time limits
- Parking meters
- No parking/no stopping on specified days and times (rush hour rules), EXCEPT for temporary no parking/no stopping signs
- Parking district permit required (preferential parking)
- Street sweeping
Note: All other restrictions ARE enforced on holidays, including colored curb zones and temporary “no parking” or “no stopping”
What are the parking rules for other cities and areas, like Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Pasadena, Glendale, and unincorporated Los Angeles County?
Most other nearby cities follow a holiday schedule similar to Los Angeles, though with somewhat different rules on what is enforced or not:
Unincorporated Los Angeles County (what/where is unincorporated?):
Los Angeles County does not provide much info about holiday parking enforcement, but we did find this: Although street sweeping is not performed on holidays, the Sheriff Parking Enforcement provides enforcement of parking regulations. You can call their office at 1-800-637-0392 M-Fri 8AM-5PM for any parking enforcement questions.
County holidays include Jan 1, Martin Luther King Day (3rd Monday in Jan), President’s Day (3rd Monday in Feb), Cesar Chavez Day(last Monday in March), Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day (2nd Monday in Oct), Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving(Thurs & Friday), and Christmas Day. If January 1st, July 4th, November 11th, or December 25th falls upon a Saturday, the preceding Friday is a holiday. If January 1st, July 4th, November 11th, or December 25th falls upon a Sunday, the following Monday is a holiday.
Beverly Hills appears to waive certain parking rules only on major holidays, but they do observe Passover and Easter. Although they don’t post a set schedule anywhere, they generally update their website with the next upcoming holiday during which they will relax some parking enforcement.
West Hollywood also observes Harvey Milk Day (May 22) in addition to all the city of LA holidays. On all designated holidays the city waives parking meter enforcement and associated time limits. Street cleaning rules are also waived on all such holidays other than Cesar Chavez and Harvey Milk Day. The city always enforces residential permit parking.
Santa Monica has different rules depending on the holiday (why do they need to make it so complicated??). But on a holiday when meters are not generally enforced, they ARE still enforced if signage indicates it is enforced “daily.” Also note: all beach lots and pay by space lots are enforced 24/7/365.
The city of Santa Monica does NOT enforce the following:
- Jan 1 – street meters, street cleaning, permit parking
- MLK Day – street meters, street cleaning
- President’s Day – Street meters, street cleaning
- Memorial Day – street meters, street cleaning
- Independence Day – street meters, street cleaning, permit parking
- Labor Day – street meters, street cleaning
- Columbus Day – street meters
- Veteran’s Day – street meters
- Thanksgiving – street meters, street cleaning, permit parking
- Friday after Thanksgiving – street cleaning
- Christmas Eve – street cleaning
- Christmas Day – street meters, street cleaning, permit parking
- New Year’s Eve – street cleaning
Pasadena waives parking meter enforcement on the following holidays: Jan 1, MLK Bday, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Also overnight parking restriction rules are waived Dec 23 – Jan 3.
Glendale: appears that most parking restrictions are not enforced on the following holidays: Jan 1, MLK, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also follows the “Bonus” rule that city of LA does (see above).
[Note: just to be clear, we do NOT know of any cities that relax parking rules on the following holidays: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, George Washington’s Birthday, Ash Wednesday, Chinese New Year, St. Patrick’s Day, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Tax Day, Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Flag Day, Father’s Day, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Halloween, Hanukah/Chanukah, winter solstice, or summer solstice]