free parking days houston

If you’re headed to Downtown Houston, finding parking can be difficult and confusing. The signs aren’t always clear, and sometimes, they seem to conflict with one another. Trying to navigate where you’re allowed to park, when the metered spots are free or require payment, and how long you can park isn’t always easy, and the last thing you want is to get an expensive parking ticket or, even worse, to get towed.

Houston’s metered, on-street parking is available on various Downtown streets for up to 3 hours at a time. Those same parking spots also have a set schedule where they’re free!

Bookmark this post and use it as often as possible! Here is our guide to Houston’s free parking holidays and times:



Metered Parking is free in the evenings and on Sundays.

  • Monday  thru Saturday, 6 pm – 7 am
  • Sundays- All Day



Metered Parking in Houston is also free on certain holidays. Here’s the 2019 parking holidays schedule:

  • New Year’s Day {January 1}
  • MLK Jr. Day {January 21}
  • Memorial Day {Monday, May 27}
  • 4th of July {July 4}
  • Labor Day {Monday, September 2}
  • 9/11 {Wednesday, September 11}
  • Thanksgiving & The Day Before {Wednesday, November 27 & Thursday, November 28}
  • Christmas Eve & Christmas Day {Tuesday, December 24 & Wednesday, December 25}



In addition to understanding the free days Houston parking holidays and other free times for parking, there are a few steps you can take to make sure you park safely:

  • Check all of the signs along the block when you park to make sure you’re following all regulations for the area.
  • Be aware of mobility lane hours when certain blocks become tow-away zones to help commuters get to and from work.
  • Never park in commercial loading zones.
  • Pay attention to the time limits when you pay for parking.


Do you know of any other times when you can park for free in Houston? Tell us what we missed by leaving a comment below: