Empire State Building Tower Lights Calendar

Please note if a date is not listed below, the Empire State Building was or will be lit in its signature white.

Upcoming Tower Lightings

May 2016

June 2016

  • Jun 01, 2016

    Orange in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

  • Jun 02, 2016

    Yellow in honor of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

  • Jun 03, 2016

    Purple, blue, green, orange, red and magenta in honor of Caribbean Week.

  • Jun 04, 2016

    Blue and white in honor of the 2016 Celebrate Israel Parade.

  • Jun 15, 2016

    Orange, yellow and white in honor of New York Spectacular Opening Night.

Lightings during the past year

May 2016

  • May 27, 2016

    In honor of Memorial Day.

  • May 26, 2016

    Red in honor of COTY Inc., DKMS and World Blood Cancer Day.

  • May 25, 2016

    Green and red in honor of the 120th Anniversary of the Dow Jones Industrial Avg.

  • May 24, 2016

    Red in honor of Comic Relief and Red Nose Day.

  • May 20, 2016

    Blue, orange, red & white in partnership with FOX in honor of MLS Rivalry Week.

  • May 18, 2016

    Blue and white in honor of Columbia University's 262nd Commencement.

  • May 17, 2016

    Violet and white in honor of New York University's 184th Commencement.

  • May 15, 2016

    Yellow, white and blue with a red siren in honor of EMS Week.

  • May 12, 2016

    Red in honor of AIDS Walk New York.

  • May 11, 2016

    Green in honor of City Harvest and its "Skip Lunch, Fight Hunger" Campaign.

  • May 10, 2016

    Blue and yellow with a sparkle effect in honor of EU Day.

  • May 09, 2016

    Green in honor of the Robin Hood Foundation.

  • May 08, 2016

    Teal in honor of FARE and Food Allergy Awareness Week.

  • May 07, 2016

    In resemblance of a candle in honor of our 85th Anniversary.

  • May 06, 2016

    Purple in honor of the Alzheimer's Association and the Third Annual Brain Ball.

  • May 05, 2016

    Blue and purple in honor of Police Memorial Week.

  • May 04, 2016

    Red in honor of the 125th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall.

  • May 03, 2016

    Yellow in honor of Project Sunshine Week.

  • May 02, 2016

    Green in honor of Philosophy's "Hope & Grace" Initiative & Mental Health Month.

  • May 01, 2016

    In resemblance of a candle in honor of our 85th Anniversary.

April 2016

  • Apr 28, 2016

    Blue in honor of the New York Police Department and the NYPD Shield Conference.

  • Apr 27, 2016

    Blue, white and red in honor of the USOC Countdown to the 2016 Olympic Games.

  • Apr 22, 2016

    Green in honor of Earth Day.

  • Apr 19, 2016

    In honor of the NY Presidential Primary Elections.

  • Apr 14, 2016

    Blue, white and orange in honor of the 50th Anniversary of NYC Landmarks Law.

  • Apr 13, 2016

    Blue, green and gold in honor of Riverkeeper's 50th Anniversary.

  • Apr 12, 2016

    Blue in honor of NYC & Company and its Global Meetings Industry Day.

  • Apr 10, 2016

    Orange in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the ASPCA.

  • Apr 03, 2016

    In a rotation of MLB teams' colors in celebration of MLB 2016 Opening Day.

  • Apr 01, 2016

    Blue in honor Autism Speaks and World Autism Awareness Day.

March 2016

  • Mar 31, 2016

    Yellow & blue in honor of VH1 Save the Music Fdn. & Music in Our Schools Month.

  • Mar 30, 2016

    Green in honor of the New York Cosmos 2016 Home Opener.

  • Mar 29, 2016

    Red and white in honor of American Red Cross Month.

  • Mar 28, 2016

    Burgundy in honor of MMRF and Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.

  • Mar 27, 2016

    Pastel colors in honor of Easter.

  • Mar 26, 2016

    Pastel colors in honor of Easter.

  • Mar 25, 2016

    Pastel colors in honor of Easter.

  • Mar 22, 2016

    in darkness for Brussels.

  • Mar 19, 2016

    Faint sparkle (8:30-9:30 pm) in honor of World Wildlife Foundation & Earth Hour.

  • Mar 18, 2016

    In honor of the Jonas Center for Nursing & Veterans Healthcare 10th Annual Gala.

  • Mar 17, 2016

    Orange, white and green in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

  • Mar 16, 2016

    Various colors in honor of SNY and its 10th Anniversary.

  • Mar 14, 2016

    In honor of the Augusta National Golf Club's Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.

  • Mar 13, 2016

    Blue and white in honor of the NYC Football Club's 2016 Home Opener.

  • Mar 12, 2016

    Blue and red in honor of the Big East Conference & Men's Basketball Tournament.

  • Mar 11, 2016

    Orange in honor of Memorial Sloan Kettering's Cycle for Survival.

  • Mar 10, 2016

    Orange in honor of the National Kidney Foundation and World Kidney Day.

  • Mar 09, 2016

    Blue & white in honor of North Shore Animal League America.

  • Mar 08, 2016

    Magenta in honor of UN Women and HeForShe Arts Week.

  • Mar 06, 2016

    White and orange in honor of The Book of Mormon's 5th Anniversary.

  • Mar 04, 2016

    Red sparkle in honor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art & The Met Breuer Opening.

February 2016

  • Feb 29, 2016

    Blue in honor of CECP and its Board of Boards.

  • Feb 23, 2016

    Green and blue in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

  • Feb 16, 2016

    Purple and yellow in honor of the 140th Annual Westminster All Breed Dog Show.

  • Feb 15, 2016

    Red, white, blue in honor of Presidents Day w/ a Grammy lighting from 8-11 p.m.

  • Feb 14, 2016

    In a red dynamic "heart of NYC" heartbeat lighting in honor of Valentine's Day.

  • Feb 08, 2016

    Red and gold in honor of Chinese Lunar New Year.

  • Feb 07, 2016

    Split lights and act as a virtual scoreboard in honor of Superbowl 50.

  • Feb 06, 2016

    Red and gold in honor of Chinese Lunar New Year.

  • Feb 05, 2016

    In Retrospective lighting to celebrate Super Bowl 50.

  • Feb 04, 2016

    Orange and blue in honor of American Cancer Society and World Cancer Day.

  • Feb 03, 2016

    In honor of the 39th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up Presented by Marmot.

January 2016

  • Jan 24, 2016

    In honor of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

  • Jan 24, 2016

    Split lights in honor of the NFC and AFC Championships.

  • Jan 18, 2016

    Red, Black, and Green in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Jan 11, 2016

    Orange, Purple, Red and White for the College Football Playoff Championship Game

  • Jan 06, 2016

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Jan 05, 2016

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Jan 04, 2016

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Jan 03, 2016

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Jan 02, 2016

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Jan 01, 2016

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

December 2015

  • Dec 31, 2015

    Festive multi-color sparkle lighting in celebration of New Year's Eve.

  • Dec 30, 2015

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Dec 29, 2015

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Dec 28, 2015

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Dec 27, 2015

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Dec 26, 2015

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Dec 25, 2015

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Dec 24, 2015

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Dec 23, 2015

    Split lights in honor of the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

  • Dec 22, 2015

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas.

  • Dec 21, 2015

    Red and green in celebration of Christmas & holiday music-to-light show @ 7 p.m.

  • Dec 17, 2015

    Lime green to celebrate the 2015 St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.

  • Dec 14, 2015

    blue and white with a candle flickering in the antenna in honor of Chanukah.

  • Dec 13, 2015

    blue and white with a candle flickering in the antenna in honor of Chanukah.

  • Dec 12, 2015

    blue and white with a candle flickering in the antenna in honor of Chanukah.

  • Dec 11, 2015

    Burgundy and white in celebration of Qatar Airways Opening Offices in ESB.

  • Dec 10, 2015

    blue in honor of Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Day.

  • Dec 09, 2015

    yellow and green in honor of Elf the Musical’s Opening Night.

  • Dec 08, 2015

    pink & white stripes for the 20th Annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

  • Dec 07, 2015

    Blue in honor of the V Foundation and the Jimmy V Classic.

  • Dec 06, 2015

    in blue & white with a candle flickering as the antenna in honor of Chanukah.

  • Dec 05, 2015

    Split lights in celebration of the New York Jets and the New York Giants.

  • Dec 01, 2015

    light blue, dark blue and red in honor of Smile Train and Giving Tuesday.

  • Dec 01, 2015

    Red and blue in honor of Smile Train and #GivingTuesday.

November 2015

  • Nov 30, 2015

    Red in honor of NYC Council and World AIDS Day.

  • Nov 26, 2015

    fall colors in honor of Thanksgiving.

  • Nov 25, 2015

    fall colors in honor of Thanksgiving.

  • Nov 20, 2015

    green in honor of New York Restoration Project.

  • Nov 18, 2015

    red & green for the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular’s Opening Night.

  • Nov 17, 2015

    purple in honor of March of Dimes and World Prematurity Day.

  • Nov 14, 2015

    in darkness for Paris.

  • Nov 12, 2015

    green for the New York Jets.

  • Nov 11, 2015

    red, white and blue in honor of Veterans' Day.

  • Nov 09, 2015

    pink and white in honor of the GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards.

  • Nov 05, 2015

    teal for Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and National Memory Screening Week.

  • Nov 04, 2015

    orange for Food Bank for NYC & the 10th Anniversary of “Go Orange To End Hunger"

  • Nov 03, 2015

    red, white and blue in honor of Election Day.

  • Nov 02, 2015

    red in honor of TED TALKS LIVE in NYC.

October 2015

  • Oct 31, 2015

    for our annual Halloween Light Show at 6:45 p.m. Encore at 10 p.m.

  • Oct 30, 2015

    green and white for the 20th Anniversary of the New York Restoration Project.

  • Oct 29, 2015

    blue & white for 139th International AES Convention & 50th Anniv of FM Antenna

  • Oct 28, 2015

    for a private lighting.

  • Oct 27, 2015

    purple, blue & gold for Only Make Believe and the Make Believe on Broadway Gala

  • Oct 24, 2015

    Blue in honor of the United Nations' 70th Anniversary.

  • Oct 22, 2015

    Yellow in honor of the Afterschool Alliance & its Lights On Afterschool Campaign

  • Oct 21, 2015

    blue in memory of Officer Randolph Holder, & the brave men & women of NYPD.

  • Oct 20, 2015

    blue, white & red for NY Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund.

  • Oct 19, 2015

    Purple & red for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research & Angel Ball

  • Oct 15, 2015

    Purple for The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence & NYC “Go Purple” Day.

  • Oct 14, 2015

    dark and light blue in honor of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.

  • Oct 12, 2015

    red, white and green in honor of Columbus Day.

  • Oct 09, 2015

    Pink in honor of Plan International and International Day of the Girl

  • Oct 08, 2015

    Blue and orange in honor of the New York Islanders' season opener.

  • Oct 05, 2015

    Blue in honor of STOMP Out Bullying & its Blue Shirt Day.

  • Oct 01, 2015

    Pink in honor of Estée Lauder and its Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

September 2015

  • Sep 26, 2015

    red and white in honor of the Global Poverty Project & Global Citizen Festival.

  • Sep 26, 2015

    Red and white in honor of the Global Poverty Project.

  • Sep 24, 2015

    Red, white and red in honor of the New York Philharmonic Opening Gala.

  • Sep 23, 2015

    in Yankees pinstripes memory of NY Legend & Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra.

  • Sep 21, 2015

    green in honor of the Climate Group and Climate Week NYC.

  • Sep 20, 2015

    Blue and white pinstripes and blue and orange in honor of the Subway Series.

  • Sep 19, 2015

    Blue and white pinstripes and blue and orange in honor of the Subway Series.

  • Sep 18, 2015

    Blue and white pinstripes and blue and orange in honor of the Subway Series.

  • Sep 16, 2015

    Blue and white with stripes in honor of WNET and its American Graduate Day.

  • Sep 15, 2015

    Red, white and green in honor of Mexican Independence Day.

  • Sep 11, 2015

    Red, white and blue in memory of September 11.

  • Sep 08, 2015

    Yellow in honor of Pencils of Promise and International Literacy Day.

  • Sep 07, 2015

    Red, white and blue in honor of Labor Day.

  • Sep 06, 2015

    Red, white and blue in honor of Labor Day.

  • Sep 05, 2015

    Red, white and blue in honor of Labor Day.

  • Sep 04, 2015

    Red, white and blue in honor of Labor Day.

August 2015

  • Aug 31, 2015

    Green, blue and yellow sparkles in honor of the US Open.

  • Aug 20, 2015

    Green and blue sparkles in celebration of ESRT employees.

  • Aug 15, 2015

    Green, white and orange in honor of India Day.

  • Aug 08, 2015

    White, red and green in honor of the 25th Annual Dragon Boat Festival in NYC.

  • Aug 07, 2015

    Purple in honor of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

  • Aug 01, 2015

    with images of animals to raise awareness for endangered species.

July 2015

  • Jul 17, 2015

    Green in honor of Eid al-Fitr.

  • Jul 10, 2015

    Red, white and blue in celebration of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.

  • Jul 05, 2015

    Red, white and blue and will replay the Grateful Dead light show at 9 p.m.

  • Jul 04, 2015

    Red, white and blue flourishes in honor of Independence Day.

  • Jul 03, 2015

    Red, white and blue in honor of Independence Day.

  • Jul 02, 2015

    Red, white and blue from 8-10 p.m. for filming.

  • Jul 01, 2015

    Red and white in honor of Canada Day.

June 2015

  • Jun 28, 2015

    Rainbow in honor of New York City Pride Week.

  • Jun 27, 2015

    Light blue in honor of NYCFC.

  • Jun 25, 2015

    Red, white and blue from 8-10 p.m. for filming.

  • Jun 19, 2015

    Grey and red in honor of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

  • Jun 16, 2015

    Blue, green and white in honor of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.

  • Jun 14, 2015

    Red, white and blue in honor of Flag Day.

  • Jun 11, 2015

    Yellow in honor of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

  • Jun 08, 2015

    Purple, blue and white in honor of World Oceans Day.

  • Jun 05, 2015

    Green and yellow in celebration of the 147th Running of the Belmont Stakes.

  • Jun 02, 2015

    Purple, blue, green, orange, red and magenta in honor of Caribbean Week.

May 2015

  • May 30, 2015

    White and blue in honor of the 2015 Celebrate Israel Parade.

  • May 28, 2015

    Green in honor of the 120th anniversary of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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