SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Enjoying the 4th of July in San Francisco might cost a little more than some are expecting as a full contingent of parking control officers will be on duty Wednesday doling out parking tickets.

While Independence Day is one of the biggest holidays of the year and a busy day in San Francisco, it’s not a holiday from parking meters, meaning that if drivers don’t feed their meters, they can expect a ticket on their windshield.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Paul Rose with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said they manage parking even on holidays like the 4th of July.

“This parking management allows us to create turnover, create availability and parking because most businesses are open on 4th of July and we want to make sure there is parking available for those who want to visit the city,” Rose said.

The idea to operate meters on holidays came up a couple of years ago, an approved change by the MTA. Now, the only free days are on Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Although meters will be operating normally, the MTA will be running on a holiday schedule on Wednesday.

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