Lowry Avenue bridge lighting policy

The Lowry Avenue Bridge at the Lowry Avenue crossing of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis has multi-color lights to illuminate the arches. The bridge normally displays blue lights but is lit in other colors for certain holidays and events. Organizations may request special lighting by completing the application, to recognize a specific cause or commemorate or enhance a specific community event. The county does not grant requests of a private nature such as birthdays or personal anniversaries.

Submit your application at least 14 days before your event using either method:

  • Online or pdf application (preferred)
  • Letter with organization’s name, description and date of the event, and color of lighting requested

The county may waive the 14-day requirement when it’s not practical, such as a school or professional sports championship.

The county administrator reviews and makes a determination on all applications for special lighting and that decision is final. Special lighting for approved applications begins at 6 p.m. on the requested date and ends at 6 a.m. the following morning.

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Bridge lighting calendar

The county board has approved special lighting for holidays and other annual events. The county administrator has approved special lighting requests marked with an asterisk (*).

Upcoming lighting schedule

October 2017

  • October 26 - Lights on After School – gold*
  • October 31 - Halloween – black, orange

November 2017

  • November 6 - CRPS/RSD Awareness Month – orange*
  • November 11 - Veterans’ Day – red, white, blue
  • November 16 - Pancreatic Cancer Awareness – purple*
  • November 23 - Thanksgiving – red, orange, brown

December 2017

  • December 7 - International Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Day – light blue*
  • December 12 - Hanukkah – blue, white
  • December 25 - Christmas – red, green
  • December 26 - Kwanzaa – red, black, green
  • December 31 - New Year’s Eve – multi-colored

Past lighting schedule

January 2017

  • January 1 - New Year’s Day – red, white, blue
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Day – red, white, blue
  • January 19 - Big Brothers Big Sisters National Mentoring Day – purple*

February 2017

  • February 6 - 12 - Super Bowl Host Committee – multi-color*
  • February 14 - Valentine’s Day – red, pink, white
  • February 20 - Presidents’ Day – red, white, blue

March 2017

  • March 6 - Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – blue*
  • March 8 - MS Awareness Day – orange
  • March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day – green
  • March 25 - National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day – green*

April 2017

  • April 2 - World Autism Day – blue*
  • April 3 - Twins home opener – red, blue
  • April 8 - Donate Life Day (organ, tissue donation) – green, blue
  • April 17 - World Hemophilia Day – red*
  • April 19 - CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernis) Action Day – pink, gold, light blue*
  • April 20 - 1st anniversary of Prince's passing – purple*
  • April 22 - Earth Day – green*
  • April 28 - Worker Memorial Day – red, white, blue

May 2017

  • May 1 - Lyme Disease Awareness Month – green*
  • May 4 - National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day – green*
  • May 14 - Mother’s Day – pink
  • May 15 - National Peace Officers Memorial Day – blue*
  • May 17 - World Neurofibromatosis (NF) Day – blue*
  • May 25 - Star Tribune 150th anniversary – green
  • May 29 - Memorial Day – red, white, blue

June 2017

  • June 2 - Wear Orange for Gun Violence Prevention – orange*
  • June 14 - Flag Day – red, white, blue
  • June 17 - National Garbageman Da – safety orange, safety "lime" green*
  • June 18 - Father’s Day – light blue
  • June 24 - Twin Cities Pride Festival – rainbow*
  • June 30 - 100th Anniversary of Lion's Club International – gold, blue*

July 2017

  • July 4 - Independence Day – red, white, blue
  • July 13 - X Games – green, blue*

August 2017

  • August 1 - 35W Bridge Memorial – red, white, blue
  • August 11 - National 8-1-1 Day – green*
  • August 13 - Twin Cities Polish Festival – red, white*

September 2017

  • September tbd - Vikings home opener – purple, gold
  • September 1 - Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day – teal*
  • September 4 - Labor Day – red, white, blue
  • September 9 - U.S. Pain Foundation-Pain Awareness Month – blue*
  • September 11 - Patriot’s Day – red, white, blue
  • September 14 - Hunger Action Day – orange*
  • September 19 - National Blood Cancer Awareness – red*

October 2017

  • October 1 - Domestic Violence Awareness Month – purple*
  • October 5 - MN Lynx National Championship – blue green
  • October 6 - Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day – pink, green, turquoise*
  • October 7 - Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day – teal*
  • October 10 - World Mental Health Day – purple*
  • October 15 - Infants Remembered in Silence – pink, light blue*
  • October 17 - Recognition of the Mogadishu bombing victims – blue (requested by the City of Minneapolis)* 
  • October 20 - Timberwolves home opener – blue, white

Official lighting policy

Hennepin County Lowry Avenue bridge lighting policy

Adopted December 3, 2013

Hennepin County re‐opened the Lowry Avenue bridge, located at the Lowry Avenue crossing of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis in October 2012. The new bridge is equipped with multi‐color L.E.D. lighting options to illuminate the arches. This guideline is to address external requests for special lighting requests.

Criteria

Lighting of the Lowry Avenue bridge promotes the county, its civic institutions, state and federal holidays, and other public events of community significance. Hennepin County may accept community requests for special lighting to recognize a specific cause or to commemorate or enhance a specific event consistent with this purpose. Specifically excluded would be lighting to celebrate birthdays, personal anniversaries, or events that are primarily private in nature.

Application process

All requests must be submitted in writing (electronic submission preferred), along with contact information for the organization. Requests must also include a description of the event, date of the event, and color of lighting requested. Requests should be submitted at least 14 days before the date on which the bridge would be lit. The county administrator may waive this requirement in instances where 14 days' notice is not practical such as school or professional sports championships.

Approval process

Each request will be reviewed by county administration. The county administrator's decision is final.

Annual bridge lighting plan

The Lowry Avenue bridge annual lighting calendar lists normally scheduled events that do not require an external request. The bridge's default color will be blue. See the calendar for standard lighting events.

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