Earlier this month the Empire State Building shined in red and white with a crown and a rotating “50” in the mast in celebration of what would have been Biggie’s 50th birthday, but this weekend it will be honoring another very special birthday in memoriam.
This Friday, June 10, marks what would have been revered American actress Judy Garland’s 100th birthday. The lighting spectacle is in partnership with the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, the official nonprofit of Stonewall Inn, working to support and uplift underserved communities.
The Initiative is responsible for tons of incredible efforts going on and you can read all about them here on their website.
Of course, one of the most special traditions in NYC is the Empire State Building lighting up for different occasions. Though it’s often in its “signature white,” it will transform into a bright and colorful beacon for holidays, city events, fundraisers and more.
Most recently it opened a rift to the Upside Down to celebrate the launch of Stranger Things season 4, and tonight, it will shine ruby red and rainbow. It’s expected to be the first rainbow lighting of the month for the ESB, as it normally lights up rainbow for pride weekend as well (6/24- 6/26), though those dates are not yet on the calendar.
Lights are typically visible throughout the city from sunset (at 8:27 p.m. on Friday) until 2 a.m.
And though the lights won’t quite have you shouting “Lions, and tigers and bears! Oh my!,” it’ll surely be a sight to see!
You can view the full calendar of lights for the NYC landmark on their website here.