Annual lighting schedule of the Empire State Building

A guide to the different colors and what they mean. Tower lights go off at 2 am.

Red, black & green: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Green: St. Patrick's Day, March of Dimes, Rainforest Awareness, Earth Day

Red, white & blue: Presidents' Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day

Red: St. Valentine's Day, Fire Department Memorial Day, Big Apple Circus

Red & blue: Equal Parents Day/ Children's Rights

Yellow & white: Spring/ Easter Week

Blue, white & blue: Israel Independence Day, First night of Hanukkah

Blue: Police Memorial Day, Child Abuse Prevention

Purple & white: Alzheimer's Awareness

Red, yellow & green: Portugal Day

Lavender & white: Stonewall Anniversary/ Gay Pride

Purple, teal & white: National Osteoperosis Society

Red & white: Pulaski Day, Red Cross

Red, white & green: Columbus Day

Blue & white: Greek Independence Day, United Nations Day

Red & yellow: Autumn

Black, yellow & red: German Reunification Day

Pink & white: "Race for the Cure"/ Breast Cancer Awareness

Green, white & orange: India Independence Day

Red & green: Holiday Season

Dark/No Lights: "Day Without Art/ Night Without Lights" AIDS Awareness

Also this fact from the official website: During spring and fall bird migration seasons and particularly on cloudy, humid and/or foggy nights, when large numbers of birds are seen flying near the building, the tower lights are turned off. Observatory personnel on the 86th floor outdoor deck notify the engineers. The birds are attracted by the lights and there is a danger they will fly into the building and be killed.
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hhusted 2yrs+
That list is interesting. I always wondered why the Empire State Building lit up different colors when certain days were coming or arrived. Thanks for the list.
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BroadwayBK 2yrs+
I find that bit about the birds pretty funny. Who knew they could be such lemmings.

http://whatcoloristheempirestatebuilding.com/ is a pretty cool website that not only shows you what color the lights are on a particular date, but also why they are that way.

I like the classic white lights personally.
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uptowngirl 2yrs+
Yay! I am happy to see India Independence day included in this list.. India (at least according to me) is largely ignored in the US media unless there is a major disaster that occurs or any other catastrophe. Of course nowadays with India being a part of the BRIC the Indian economy gets due mention in the financial columns and TV programs.
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Uraniumfish 2yrs+
@BroadwayBK That site is supercute.
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BroadwayBK 2yrs+
@uraniumfish Ha... I thought so too. Sort of the Empire State Building lighting schedule for kindergartners.
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hhusted 2yrs+
I didn't know that about the birds either. I guess any kind of lighting will attract birds or any kind of insects. I wonder how many times engineers had to clean the tower of bird droppings and insects that crashed into it.
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Uraniumfish 2yrs+
Birds fly into tall buildings all the time. Can you imagine it, living in a high rise, and all of a sudden, Kablam, when you're doing your bedtime reading? You'd probably have to scrape me off a ceiling after that.
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gregorym2 Dec 20, 2016
At least the Canada geese are flying well above the big skyscrapers while migrating.They do this to cool their bodies as they expend so much energy while in flight.Have a friend who is a commercial airline pilot,and he has said from time to time when conditions are just right he will see geese flying across the full moon when they are only a few thousand feet up!! Of course Sully Sullenberger ran into them or seagulls at a much lower altitude upon takeoff! Merry Christmas All !!!
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