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 (*).

January 2016

  • January 1 - New Year’s Day – red, white, blue
  • January 18 - Martin Luther King Day – red, white, blue

February 2016

  • February 14 - Valentine’s Day – red, pink, white
  • February 15 - Presidents’ Day – red, white, blue

March 2016

  • March 10 - World Kidney Day – orange*
  • March 10 - MS Awareness Week – orange*
  • March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day – green

April 2016

  • April 11 - Twins home opener – red, blue
  • April 14 - National Work Zone Awareness Week – orange*
  • April 24 - Parkinson's Awareness Month – blue, light blue*
  • April 28 - Worker Memorial Day – red, white, blue

May 2016

  • May 5 - National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day – green*
  • May 8 - Mother’s Day – pink
  • May 14 - Lynx home opener – turquoise, white
  • May 15 - National Peace Officers Memorial Day – blue*
  • May 30 - Memorial Day – red, white, blue

June 2016

  • June 14 - Flag Day – red, white, blue
  • June 19 - Father’s Day – light blue

July 2016

  • July 4 - Independence Day – red, white, blue
  • July 30 - Avery’s Angels Gastroschisis Foundation – green

August 2016

  • August 1 - 35W Bridge Memorial – red, white, blue

September 2016

  • September 5 - Labor Day – red, white, blue
  • September 7 - Stand Up to Cancer – red, orange, yellow
  • September 8 - Hunger Action Month – orange
  • September 9 - Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – turquoise
  • September 11 - Patriot’s Day – red, white, blue
  • September 15 - World Lymphoma Awareness Day – red*
  • September 18 - Vikings home opener – purple, gold

October 2016

  • October 1 - Domestic Violence Awareness Month – purple 
  • October 3 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - pink
  • October 13 - Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day - pink, green and turquoise
  • October 15 - National Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day – light pink, light blue*
  • October 19 - PACER Unity Day (united against bullying) – orange
  • October 31 - Halloween – black, orange

November 2016

  • November 1 - Timberwolves home opener – blue, white
  • November 11 - Veterans’ Day – red, white, blue
  • November 17 - Pancreatic Cancer Day — purple
  • November 24 - Thanksgiving – red, orange, brown

December 2016

  • December 9 - Salvation Red Kettle Day – red 
  • December 24 - Hanukkah – blue, white
  • December 25 - Christmas – red, green
  • December 26 - Kwanzaa – red, black, green
  • December 31 - New Year’s Eve – multi-colored

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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