Empire State Plaza lit in rainbow colors to celebrate Pride Month

Empire State Plaza Lighting Calendar

Empire State Plaza Lighting Calendar
About the Lights at the Plaza

The Empire State Plaza, New York State Capitol, and Alfred E. Smith Building join landmarks across the State to illuminate important events and impactful moments or to raise awareness.

Launched in December 2021, the LED color-changing lighting system dynamically illuminates the Plaza's architecture with 360 exterior LED lights. This technology is part of a comprehensive lighting project to replace over 95,000 lights at the Plaza with energy-efficient LED fixtures.

Please note: The calendar is updated continually. All dates are subject to change.


February 24Second Anniversary of the Russian Invasion of UkraineBlue, Yellow
February 29International Rare Disease DayGreen, Pink, and Blue
March 6Red Cross MonthRed
April 2Autism Awareness DayBlue
April 24Denim Day (solidarity with sexual assault survivors and victims)Teal


February 6Teen Dating Violence Awareness DayOrange
February 2National Wear Red DayRed
January 27International Holocaust Remembrance DayYellow - View
January 18Stalking Awareness DayYellow
January 15Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. DayBlack, Green, and Red
January 11National Human Trafficking Awareness DayBlue
January 9National Law Enforcement Appreciation DayDark Blue