A Guide to Road Closures and Parking Restrictions for Philly Free Streets

Steer clear of this four-mile stretch of North Broad Street on Saturday — unless you're traveling by foot.

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The city has released a list of parking restrictions and road closures for Philly Free Streets this Saturday.

The event will take place along a four-mile stretch of North Broad Street, so closures and parking restrictions will be extensive — for cars, that is. After all, this is the one time a year when the city shuts down a street (or streets) to cars and temporarily rededicates the space to pedestrians, cyclists, and joggers.

Philly Free Streets will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The route will stretch along North Broad Street all the way from City Hall to Butler Street, just north of Germantown Avenue — and back. There’s no formal start or stop. Check out our list of route highlights (including a pop-up beach!), or visit the Philly Free Streets website for more information on participating.

For those who are worrying about how they’re going to get around in the area by car, we’ve got you covered:

Road Closures

Here’s the first thing you need to know: North Broad Street between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Butler Street will be completely closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

East-west cross traffic will only be permitted on the following streets:

  • JFK Boulevard
  • Vine Street (eastbound only)
  • Spring Garden Street
  • Ridge Avenue
  • Girard Avenue
  • Diamond Street
  • Lehigh Avenue
  • Allegheny Avenue
  • Erie Avenue
  • Butler Street

One-way streets that cross the Philly Free Streets route will be designated local access only, meaning residents and businesses will be permitted to access the roads as conditions allow.

Roads will be opened as they are serviced and cleaned after the event ends — but all event-related closures are expected to be lifted no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Parking Restrictions

Parking restrictions along the Philly Free Streets route go into effect at 2 a.m. on Saturday. We repeat: 2 a.m.

Parking will be prohibited on both sides of Broad Street between JFK Boulevard and Butler Street.

Additional restrictions include:

  • Arch Street from Juniper to Broad
  • Vine Street (Westbound) from 13th to 15th
  • Mount Vernon Street from Watts to Broad
  • Wallace Street from Watts to Broad
  • Fairmount Avenue from Broad to Ridge
  • Brown Street from Broad to Carlisle
  • Poplar Street from Watts to Carlisle
  • Stiles Street from Broad to Carlisle
  • Oxford Avenue from Park to Broad
  • Cecil B. Moore Avenue from Park to Broad
  • Montgomery Avenue from 13th to Broad
  • Susquehanna Avenue from Watts to Broad
  • Huntingdon Street from Broad to Carlisle
  • Glenwood Avenue from Cambria to Broad
  • Westmoreland Street from Park to Broad
  • Rising Sun Avenue from Watts to Broad
  • Venango Street from Broad to Carlisle
  • Germantown Avenue from Erie to Butler

All parking restrictions will be lifted by 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted along the Philly Free Streets route starting on Tuesday. If you don’t move your car by 2 a.m. on Saturday, there’s a very good chance that it will get towed. If you think you car has been towed because of Philly Free Streets, contact your local police district.

SEPTA service changes, alerts, and detours will be available via System Status on Saturday.

For more information on Philly Free Streets, click here.