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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

St. Paul Officially Makes Juneteenth a Parking Holiday

There’s no need to feed the meter in St. Paul on June 19, or June 20th, for that matter, at least not in 2022.

June 19, also known as Juneteenth, commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States, and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter declared it a city holiday in 2021, not long after US Vice President Joe Biden did the same at the federal level.

The day was added to the city’s roster of official parking meter holidays on Wednesday, among New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Indigenous People’s Day, Memorial Day, Christmas, and other holidays.

The city presently has 11 yearly parking meter holidays, albeit depending on the calendar, certain days may be honored twice. For example, parking meter restrictions are suspended on Independence Day and throughout the nationally recognized holiday, which is occasionally commemorated on the prior Friday or the following Monday.

Because the Juneteenth holiday falls on a Sunday this year, many federal offices will be closed on Monday, June 20. That means Federal Reserve banks and branches will be closed on both dates, as well as St. Paul’s parking meters. On Sundays, St. Paul does not enforce meters.

St. Paul drivers will have to wait until June 19, 2027, when Juneteenth falls on a Saturday and the federal holiday will most likely be honored the Friday before, for a real back-to-back Juneteenth parking holiday.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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