If you were one of the hundreds of people who came to Thornes Marketplace in Northampton to do some shopping on Friday, you may have noticed that parking in the downtown area was free.
Street parking in downtown Northampton and in municipal lots are free as a way to encourage people to shop locally. Parking will also be free on Small Business Saturday.
David Johnson told 22News he was surprised when he noticed the free parking. “It was really nice, really great. We parked down here and we were pleasantly surprised. So this is a great opportunity for people to come out here and enjoy Northampton.”
The free parking doesn’t include the EJ Gare Parking Garage on Hampton Avenue.
Downtown parking will also be free on Christmas Eve.