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Port of San Diego Updates Parking Holidays Ordinance; Free Parking Ten Days a Year

As part of efforts to improve access to the San Diego Bay waterfront for the enjoyment of residents and visitors, the Port of San Diego has increased the number of parking holidays from nine to ten, which means that on ten holidays identified in the Port’s parking meter and pay station holidays ordinance, parking is free at Port parking meters and pay stations.

The ten parking holidays are: New Year’s Day (January 1), Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Cesar Chavez Day (March 31), Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day, Veterans’ Day (November 11), Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day (December 25).

The recent change added President’s Day and Cesar Chavez Day and removed Columbus Day, which aligns with the current meter holidays for the City of San Diego. While parking is free on the parking holidays, the Port will be enforcing the posted time limits on all meters and pay stations 365 days a year. This is intended to maximize public access to parking along the San Diego Bay waterfront. Time limits at meters and pay stations range from 3 to 4 hours and the enforceable time limits are posted at the meters and pay stations. 

Currently, the Port of San Diego has meters and pay stations at approximately 1,200 parking spaces at Shelter Island, Spanish Landing, the Embarcadero, Tuna Harbor, Ruocco Park, Embarcadero Marina Park North and Embarcadero Marina Park South.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port of San Diego Experiences

Port of San Diego Experiences welcomes businesses, residents and visitors from across the globe to enjoy and prosper from our dynamic waterfront.

As a treasured destination, the Port provides unique opportunities to captivate visitors and ensure everyone is welcomed, connected and inspired by our beautiful waterfront.