Mark Your Calendars with These Key Parking/Travel Dates for 2018
By Wayne Sheppard
To help you plan your travels—from daily commutes to road trips—we’ve included a list of New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) holiday suspensions for alternate side parking (ASP), as well as anticipated heavy traffic days.
2018 Holiday Alternate Side Parking Suspension
The New York City DOT has published its list of 2018 Holiday Alternate Side Parking Suspensions. The city suspends ASP rules, which allow street cleaning, legal and religious holidays. New York also makes emergency suspensions due to weather and other emergencies.
Some metered parking zones also have ASP regulations. However, even when ASP is suspended for a holiday, emergency or other reason, parking meters still remain in effect.
- Monday, February 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday (Observed)
- Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday
- Friday, February 16 – Asian Lunar New Year (Year of the Earth Dog)
- Monday, February 19 – Washington’s Birthday (Presidents Day)
- Thursday, March 1 – Purim
- Thursday, March 29 – Holy Thursday
- Friday, March 30 – Good Friday
- Saturday-Sunday, March 31-April 1 – Passover (1st/2nd Days)
- Thursday, April 5 – Holy Thursday (Orthodox)
- Friday, April 6 – Good Friday (Orthodox)
- Friday-Saturday, April 6-7 – Passover (7th/8th Days)
- Thursday, May 10 – Solemnity of Ascension
- Sunday-Monday, May 20-May 21 – Shavuot (2 Days)
- Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day*
- Friday-Sunday, June 15-17 – Eid al-Fitr (Idul-Fitr)
- Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day*
- Wednesday, August 15 – Feast of the Assumption
- Tuesday-Thursday, August 21-23 – Eid al-Adha (Idul-Adha)
- Monday, September 3 – Labor Day*
- Monday-Tuesday, September 10-11 – Rosh Hashanah
- Wednesday, September 19 – Yom Kippur
- Monday-Tuesday, September 24-25 – Succoth (2 Days)
- Monday, October 1 – Shemini Atzereth
- Tuesday, October 2 – Simchas Torah
- Monday, October 8 – Columbus Day
- Thursday, November 1 – All Saints Day
- Tuesday, November 6 – Diwali, Election Day
- Monday, November 12 – Veterans Day (Observed)
- Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Day*
- Saturday, December 8 – Immaculate Conception
- Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day*
* Major legal holiday. On these days, stopping, standing and parking are permitted except in areas where rules governing these actions are in effect seven days a week. On all other holidays, only street cleaning rules are suspended; other regulations remain.
You can download a printable calendar on the DOT website.
Gridlock Alert Days
Every year, during the holiday season, you can expect to encounter even heavier traffic than usual throughout the five boroughs. DOT designates Gridlock Alert Days for the busiest days. Whether traveling to work or for leisure, DOT recommends walking, biking, or taking public transportation whenever possible on these days.
While DOT typically releases Gridlock Alert dates in mid-November, we anticipate the following schedule, based on years past:
- Friday, November 16
- Wednesday, November 21
- Wednesday, November 28
- Friday, December 7
- Wednesday, December 12
- Thursday, December 13
- Friday, December 14
- Wednesday, December 19
- Thursday, December 20
- Friday, December 21
For the most up-to-date information, you can check out DOT traffic advisories online for the week and weekend.
If you have any questions, please contact Metropolis at 212.233.6344.