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Tower Lighting Schedule

Date Colors Occasion
2014
April 25 Red/Blue/Blue(F)/Red/Red(H)/Red(A) In honor of NYC Service and The Amazing Spiderman’s “Be Amazing” Challenge
April 24 Blue/Blue/Blue(F)/Blue/White(H)/Blue(A) In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Overseas Press Club
April 23 White / White / White
April 22 Green / Green / Green In honor of Earth Day
April 21 Yellow / Yellow / Yellow In honor of Project Sunshine and its 11th Annual Benefit Celebration
April 18 - 20 Pastel Fades In honor of Easter
April 16 - 17 Dynamic LED Lighting In celebration of Empire State Building and Ford Commemorative Event
April 15 Blue/Blue/Blue/White(H)/White(A) In honor of Major League Baseball and Jackie Robinson Day
April 8 - 14 White / White / White
April 7 Team Colors — Blue/White/Blue In honor of the NCAA Championship
April 6 White / White / White
April 5 Split Lights
North Side – Orange/Blue/Orange (University of Florida)
East Side – Blue/White/Blue (University of Connecticut)
South Side – Red/White/Red (University of Wisconsin)
West Side – Blue/White/Blue (University of Kentucky)
In honor of the NCAA Final Four
April 3 - 4 White / White / White
April 2 Blue / Blue / Blue In honor of Autism Speaks and World Autism Awareness Day
April 1 White / White / White
March 31 Blue/Orange/Blue(F)/Blue/Orange(H)/Blue(A) In honor of the New York Mets' Opening Day
March 30 White / White / White
March 29 Dark w/ Feint Sparkle from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. In honor of World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour
March 27 - 28 White / White / White
March 26 White/Red/Red(F)/Red/Red(H)/White(A) In honor of American Red Cross and American Red Cross Month
March 21 - 25 White / White / White
March 20 ESB Ad Campaign Filming
March 18 - 19 White / White / White
March 15 - 17 Dynamic Green Sparkles and Fades. Mast lit in Orange/White/Green In honor of St. Patrick's Day
March 13 - 14 White / White / White
March 12 Private Lighting
February 28 - March 11 White / White / White
February 27 Red / Red / White In honor of the 20th Anniversary of STOMP
February 26 White / White / White
February 25 Green/Blue/Blue(F)/Green/Green(H)/Blue(A) In honor of National Eating Disorders Association and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
February 24 Blue / Blue / Blue In honor of CECP and Corporate Philanthropy Day
February 18 - 23 White / White / White
February 17 Red / White / Blue In honor of President's Day
February 15 - 16 White / White / White
February 13 - 14 Red-and-Pink Sparkle and Fades In honor of Valentine's Day
February 11 - 12 White / White / White
February 10 Purple / Purple / Yellow In honor of the Westminster Kennel Club and its 138th Annual WKC All Breed Dog Show
February 8 - 9 White / White / White
February 7 Rotation of Countries' Flag Colors In honor of the athletes competing in Sochi
February 6 Red / Red / Red In honor of the American Heart Association and National Wear Red Day®
February 5 Blue / Blue / Red In honor of the 37th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up
February 4 Blue / Orange / Blue In honor of the American Cancer Society and World Cancer Day
February 3 Seattle Seahawks' Colors In honor of the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII Victory
February 2 Super Bowl XLVIII Virtual Scoreboard
Half-Time: Social Media-Driven Light Show
February 1 Opening Light Show Ceremony: 6 p.m.
Live Data of #WhosGonnaWin: 6:05 p.m.
Closing Light Show Ceremony: 6:55 p.m.
Winner of the Live Data Dominates NYC Skyline Until Sunrise
Super Bowl XLVIII Social Media-Driven Light Show
January 30 - 31 Dynamic Fireworks-Inspired Lighting of Red and Gold
* Super Bowl XLVIII Light Show 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
In honor of Chinese Lunar New Year
January 28 - 29 Opening Light Show Ceremony: 6 p.m.
Live Data of #WhosGonnaWin: 6:05 p.m.
Closing Light Show Ceremony: 6:55 p.m.
Winner of the Live Data Dominates NYC Skyline Until Sunrise
Super Bowl XLVIII Social Media-Driven Light Show
January 27 Super Bowl XLVIII Lightings
January 26 Gold/Green/Gold(F)/Green/Gold(H)/Gold(A) In honor of Australia Day
January 21 - 25 White / White / White
January 20 Red / Black / Green In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 10 - 19 White / White / White
January 9 Blue/White/Orange (f)/Orange/Green(h)/Blue(a) In honor of the Bronx Tourism Council and the 100th Anniversary of Bronx County
January 7 - 8 White / White / White
January 1 - 6 Red/Green/Red-and-White Candy Stripe In Celebration of Christmas
2013
December 31 Festive Multi-Color Sparkle Lighting In Celebration of New Year's Eve
December 28 - 30 Red/Green/Red-and-White Candy Stripe In Celebration of Christmas
December 27 Split Lights In honor of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl
December 25 - 26 Red/Green/Red-and-White Candy Stripe In Celebration of Christmas
December 20 - 24 Holiday Music-to-Light Shows @ 7 p.m. nightly
December 11 - 19 White / White / White
December 10 Blue / Blue / Blue In honor of Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Day
December 9 Private Filming
December 8 White / White / White
December 6 - 7 Blue/Red/Yellow(F)/Yellow/Green(H)/Green(A) In memory of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
December 5 White / White / White
November 29 - December 4 Blue / White / Blue In honor of Chanukah
November 27 Blue / White / Blue at the Top of Every Hour In honor of Chanukah
November 25 - 28 Special Lighting in Fall Colors In honor of the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 18 - 24 White / White / White
November 17 Purple / Purple / Purple In honor of the March of Dimes and World Prematurity Day
November 15 - 16 Red/Blue/Yellow(F)/White/Yellow(H)/White(A) Empire State Building Raises Awareness and Support for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
November 14 White/Red/Red(F)/White/White(H)/White(A) In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the New York Landmarks Conservancy
November 13 Red/Red/Green(F)/Green/Green(H)/Red(A) In honor of Opening Night of the 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular
November 12 Orange/Blue/Red(F)/Blue/Orange(H)/Blue(A) In honor of The Catalog for Giving of NYC and its 18th Annual Urban Heroes Award Benefit
November 11 Red / White / Blue In honor of Veterans Day
November 6 - 10 White / White / White
November 5 Red / White / Blue In honor of Election Night
November 3 - 4 White / White / White
November 2 Orange / White / Blue In honor of the New York Road Runners and the 2013 ING NYC Marathon
November 1 Blue / Blue / Blue(f) / White / White(h) In honor of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and World Diabetes Day
October 31 Halloween Light Show at 8:30 p.m.
October 23 - 30 White / White / White
October 22 Red / White / Blue In honor of The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund
October 18 - 21 White / White / White
October 17 Yellow / Yellow / Yellow In honor of the Afterschool Alliance and Lights on Afterschool
October 15 - 16 White / White / White
October 14 Red / White / Green In honor of Columbus Day
October 13 White / White / White
October 12 Blue / Blue / Red In honor of the 100th Anniversary of El Diario la Prensa
October 11 White / White / White
October 10 Pink / Pink / Pink In honor of Plan International and its "Because I'm a Girl" Campaign
October 8 - 9 White / White / White
October 7 Purple / Blue / Yellow In honor of Only Make Believe and Make Believe on Broadway
October 4 - 6 White / White / White
October 3 Blue / Red / Green (F) / Green / White (H) In honor of the 4th Annual Self-Esteem Weekend
October 2 Red / Red / Red In honor of Jumpstart and its "Read for the Record" Campaign
October 1 Pink / Pink / Pink In honor of The Estée Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and Global Landmark Illumination Initiative
September 29 - 30 White / White / White
September 28 White / Red / White In honor of the Global Poverty Project and its 2013 Global Citizen Festival
September 26 - 27 White / White / White
September 25 White / Red / White In honor of Opening Night of the New York Philharmonic's 172nd Season
September 22 - 24 White / White / White
September 21 Gold / Red / Black In honor of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York and its 56th Annual Steuben Day Parade
September 17 - 20 White / White / White
September 16 Orange / Orange / Orange In honor of Nickelodeon and its 10th Anniversary of Worldwide Day of Play
September 15 Red / White / Green In honor of the Mexican Cultural Institute of NY and Mexican Independence Day
September 12 - 14 White / White / White
September 11 Red / White / Blue In memory of September 11
September 10 White / White / White
September 6 - 9 Green / Blue / Yellow-Sparkle In honor of Finals Weekend at the US Open
September 5 White / White / White
September 4 Orange / Orange / Orange / White (h) In honor of Food Bank of New York and its "Go Orange" Campaign
September 3 White / White / White
August 30 - September 2 Red / White / Blue In honor of Labor Day
August 27 - 29 White / White / White
August 26 Green / Blue / Yellow-Sparkle In honor of Opening Day at the US Open
August 23 - 25 White / White / White
August 22 Purple / Pink-Purple / Yellow(f) / Pink-Purple / Pink(h) In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Women’s Tennis Association
August 21 Blue / White / Blue In honor of the PGA Tour and FedExCup Playoffs
August 20 Pink / Pink / Pink Private Lighting
August 16 - 19 White / White / White
August 15 Green / White / Orange In honor of India Day
August 10 - 14 White / White / White
August 8 - 9 Green / Green / Green In honor of Eid al-Fitr
August 7 Purple / Purple / Purple In honor of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and National Purple Heart Day
August 2 - 6 White / White / White
August 1 Green / Green / Green In honor of the New York Cosmos Inaugural Season
July 13 - 31 White / White / White
July 12 Blue / Orange / Blue In honor of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field
July 5 - 11 White / White / White
July 4 Red / White / Blue In honor of Independence Day
Light Show during 37th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® Finale
July 3 Red / White / Blue In honor of Independence Day
July 2 White / White / White
July 1 Red / White / Red In honor of Canada Day
June 28 - 30 Rainbow with sparkle in halo In honor of New York City Pride Week
June 15 - 27 White / White / White
June 14 Red / White / Blue In honor of Flag Day
June 9 - 13 White / White / White
June 8 Purple / Blue / Light Blue(F) / Light Blue / White(H) In honor of World Oceans Day
June 7 Green / White / White(F) / Green / Green(H) In honor of the 2013 Belmont Stakes
June 6 White / White / White
June 5 Blue / Turquoise / Orange(F) / Green / Red(H) In honor of Caribbean Week
June 2 - 4 White / White / White
June 1 Blue / White / Blue In honor of the 2013 Celebrate Israel Parade
May 31 Yellow / Yellow / Yellow In honor of The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the 90th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
May 30 North/South – Blue/Orange/Blue
East/West – Blue-and-White Pinstripes
Mets and Yankees "Subway Series"
May 29 Yellow / Yellow / Red In honor of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and its 30th Anniversary
May 28 White / White / White
May 24 - 27 Red / White / Blue In honor of Memorial Day
May 23 White / White / White
May 22 Blue / White / Blue In honor of Columbia University's Commencement
May 21 Purple / Purple / Purple In honor of New York University's 2013 Commencement
May 20 Yellow / White / Blue with Siren halo In honor of the Fire Department of New York City and National EMS Week
May 19 White / White / White
May 18 Blue / Blue / Blue In honor of USA Swimming Foundation and Make a Splash Tour
May 17 Green / Green / Green In honor of City Harvest and Skip Lunch Fight Hunger Campaign
May 16 Red / White / Blue Filming
May 15 White / White / White
May 14 Green / Blue / Purple (f) / Orange / Green (h) In honor of The Rockefeller Foundation and its 100th Anniversary
May 13 Green / Green / Green Private Lighting
May 11 - 12 White / White / White
May 10 Blue / Purple / Blue In honor of Police Memorial Week
May 9 Blue / Yellow / Blue with Yellow streak in halo In honor of E.U. Day
May 7 - 8 White / White / White
May 6 Blue / White / Red (F) / Blue / Blue (H) In honor of FORTUNE 500 and FORTUNE 500 Day
May 4 - 5 White / White / White
May 3 Red / Red / White (F) / Red / Red In honor of McGraw Hill Financial and its 125th Anniversary
May 2 Red / Red / Red(F) / White / White (H) In honor of Coty Inc. and the 7th annual DKMS Gala
May 1 Peach / Peach / Peach In honor of Financial Times and its 125th Anniversary
April 26 - 30 White / White / White
April 25 Yellow / Yellow / Yellow In honor of Project Sunshine and its 10th Annual Benefit Celebration
April 24 Red / Red / Red-and-White Siren In honor of the FDNY Foundation and the Fire Commissioner's Humanitarian Awards
April 23 White / White / White
April 22 Green / Green / Green In honor of Earth Day
April 17 - 21 White / White / White

Note: Colors are listed from bottom to top as they appear from the street. (H) denotes halo, (F) denotes fins.

How to Become a Lighting Partner

The Empire State Building (ESB) celebrates many cultures and causes in the world community with iconic lightings. Its tower lights recognize key milestones, events, charitable organizations, countries and holidays throughout the world, not political or religion-related events. Outside of its tradition of lightings for the religious holidays of Easter, Eid al-Fitr, Hanukah and Christmas, ESB has a specific policy against lighting for religious figures, religious organizations, and additional religious holidays.

ESB is privately owned by Empire State Realty OP, L.P.; it is not owned or run by the City or State of New York. Its official Lighting Partner program was established after the prior managing agent was replaced in August 2006. Its policies and practices are subject to change in accord with ownership's preferences.

Guidelines and Terms:

  • Selection as an ESB Lighting Partner is a privilege, not an entitlement.
  • The official organization must apply for the lighting itself; ESB will not consider the applications of individuals who are not on the Board or staff of the official organization. Thus, personal requests on behalf of an organization or event will not be considered.
  • ESB does not grant lightings for:
    • Personal requests such as birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.
    • Commercial events or campaigns such as product launches and company logos.
    • Religious figures, religious organizations and additional religious holidays.
    • Political campaigns or political figures.
  • ESB is under no obligation to provide specific feedback to any individual or organization regarding the status, merit and/or denial of its application.
  • Only the applicants on the original submitted application will receive written notification on official ESB Lighting Partner letterhead, stating whether your application has been approved or denied. Follow-up calls, e-mails and/or faxes are not necessary; please assume that the written notification you receive is the final response from ESB.
  • Applying to become an ESB Lighting Partner does not guarantee approval. Moreover, past Lighting Partners must apply each year to be considered and are not automatically guaranteed to be selected again.

If you do not agree to the above terms, your application will not be considered nor submitted through the review process.

Please download and complete the application and return it via e-mail to lightingpartner@empirestaterealtytrust.com, or fax it to (212) 760-1418.

Become a Lighting Partner

Download the application to become a lighting partner and fax back to us at (212) 760-1418 or e-mail us at: lightingpartner@empirestaterealtytrust.com.

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ESB After Dark

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ESB's First-Ever LED Tower Light Show Featuring Alicia Keys

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The world-famous Empire State Building (ESB), in collaboration with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and 14 time Grammy® Award winner, Alicia Keys, gave a gift to New York City and the world by revealing ESB's new, one-of-a-kind LED tower lights with a first-ever light show on the Landmark.

ESB's LED Tower Lights

In November 2012, the Empire State Building (ESB) replaced its traditional light fixtures as part of its 21st century renovation and unveiled its new, state-of-the-art dynamic LED lighting system, designed by Philips Color Kinetics (PCK).

This system, which is unique to ESB, allows customized light capabilities from a palette of over 16 million colors in limitless combinations along with effects previously not possible such as ripples, cross-fades, sparkles, chasers, sweeps, strobes and bursts. In addition to greater control and management of the lighting, the new computerized system delivers superior light and vibrancy levels in real-time, unlike the previous floodlights.

Moreover, the new lighting system minimizes light spill, ensuring that light is focused on the façade and mast, while providing enough light to allow the building to be seen from anywhere in New York City. This feature not only respects the night sky, but the building's neighbors as well.

The ESB's LED tower lights have forever changed the New York skyline. For more information about the LEDs, click this link: Empire State Building LED Tower Light Shows