Free two-hour parking will be permitted in designated commercial districts every day from 10am to 9pm starting Friday, November 23. Districts include: Wayland Square, Atwells Avenue, Olneyville Square, Hope Street, Wickenden Street, downtown, and more.
Sundays and evenings (9pm to 2am) are free.
The Downtown Improvement District adds:
By offering free parking, the city encourages everyone to support local businesses. Make sure to follow the rules though! The 2-hour parking limit will be strictly enforced, and customers still must pay (by coin, credit card, or Passport app) between 8 and 10 AM.
Within Downtown Providence, the specified area is bounded by Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard, Weybosset Street, Empire Street, and Friendship Street (between Dyer Street and Dorrance).
After two hours, you either have to move your car or start feeding the meter. Holiday rules run through January 1st. Complete list of commercial districts and their boundaries at the ProJo.