SF’s City Hall Lights Up Gold: Nationwide COVID Memorial
San Francisco’s City Hall will honor and memorialize American lives lost to COVID by lighting up Gold on January 19. 2021 as part of a national moment of unity and remembrance. You can participate at home by lighting a candle (or other type of light) and putting it in your window at 5:30pm local time.
It’s a great photo opportunity to capture San Francisco’s iconic dome lit up for the occasion.
The schedule is always tentative for the holiday lighting and subject to change when there are special events and the building is lit in honor of those. Check sfgov.org/cityhall/lighting for the latest updates.
About City Hall’s Exterior LightingEvery evening at sunset, over 220 state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures illuminate City Hall’s exterior. Normally, a soft white glow shows off the play of light and shadow on the full façade and dome. Frequently, special plaza façade lighting schemes honor or celebrate events, seasons, and holidays.Until 2016, the lights were standard incandescent bulbs. Changing their colors was expensive and time-consuming; two to three building staff members, plus a crew of four staff from a lighting contractor, spent hours crawling in and out of office windows and onto the rooftop to install colored theatrical gels on each of the 220 fixtures, even in bad weather. For removal of the gels, the whole process happened in reverse.
Power use is now much lower, and with just an occasional cleaning, maintaining the fixtures is much easier: LED bulbs last as long as 20 years.
This Month’s Lighting Events
1/1 Gold – Happy New Year!
1/4 Purple – Honoring our Hospitality industry
1/5 Gold – Honoring Frontline workers
1/6 Blue – Honoring Healthcare workers
1/7 Red/white/blue – Honoring 1st Responders
1/9 Reds/Orange – Inaugural nonstop Air India service from SFO to our Sister City, Bangalore, India.
1/11 Purple – Honoring our Hospitality industry
1/12 Gold – Honoring Frontline workers
1/13 Blue – Honoring Healthcare workers
1/14 Red/white/blue – Honoring 1st Responders
1/18 Red/green/black – MLK Day
1/19 Gold – Memorializing American Lives lost to COVID
1/20 Red/white/blue – Inauguration of the 46th President of the US
1/21 Red/white/blue – Honoring 1st Responders
1/25 Purple – Honoring our Hospitality industry
1/26 Gold – Honoring Frontline workers
1/27 Blue – Honoring Healthcare workers
1/28 Red/white/blue – Honoring 1st Responders