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. Just make sure you don’t park in a valet zone or commercial zone and always read signs before you park.

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



Metered Parking in Houston is also free on certain holidays. Here’s the 2021 parking holidays schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – Friday, January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Monday, January 18
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 31
  • Independence Day – Monday, July 5
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 6
  • Veterans Day – Thursday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 25
  • Day After Thanksgiving – Friday, November 26
  • Christmas Eve – Friday, December 24
  • Christmas Day- Monday, December 27



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: