Niagara Falls Illumination

Falls Illumination
Falls Illumination
Falls Illumination
American Falls Illumination
Falls Illumination
Falls Illumination

Enjoy the Niagara Falls Illumination Board's enhanced falls illumination!

The illumination of Niagara Falls was first made permanent in 1925 with 24 carbon arc searchlights. In 1974, a major enhancement replaced the lights with a new Xenon system, which received minor updates in 1997. Now almost 20 years later, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board is excited to showcase the new LED lights. The $4-million revitalization project uses the latest technology to light the Horseshoe and American Falls. This new lighting will provide over twice the current brightness and a wider range of colours allowing for a full palette of colour combinations that wasn't available in the past. The new, energy-efficient system will also use 82% less power than the previous Xenon lights.

Every evening beginning at dusk the Falls are lit in the colours of the rainbow - don't miss the unmatched beauty of the Falls at night!

Illumination of the Falls has been Financed and Operated by The Niagara Falls Illumination Board since 1925.
 

FALLS ILLUMINATION SCHEDULE

JANUARY 1 – JANUARY 31
5 PM – 1 AM

FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 11
5:30 PM – 1 AM

MARCH 12 – MARCH 18
7:30 PM – 1 AM

MARCH 19 – MARCH 31
7:30 PM – 2 AM

APRIL 1- MAY 14
8 PM – 2 AM

MAY 15 – MAY 31
8:30 PM – 2 AM

JUNE 1 - JULY 31
8:30 PM – 2 AM

AUGUST 1 - AUGUST
15 8:00 PM – 2 AM

AUGUST 16 - AUGUST 31
7:30 PM – 2 AM

SEPTEMBER 1 - 19
7:00 PM – 2 AM

SEPTEMBER 20 - 30
6:30 PM – 2 AM

OCTOBER 1 - 15
6:15 PM – 2 AM

OCTOBER 16 - OCTOBER 31
6:00 PM – 2 AM

NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31
4:30 PM – 2 AM

 

SPECIAL NIAGARA FALLS ILLUMINATION CALENDAR 2021

The Niagara Falls Illumination Board offers special illuminations for charitable and not-for-profit organizations. These groups can submit requests here.

Date Time Event Colour(s)
       
May 22 10:00 - 10:15 Lite Up For Lyme disease Green
May 23 9:45 - 10:00 Paramedic Services Week Orange
May 23 10:00 - 10:15 Food Allergy (Anaphylaxis) Awareness Month Teal
May 24 10:00 - 10:15 Victoria Day Purple
May 25 9:45 - 10:00 The Independence Day of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Red, Green, White, Black
May 25 10:00 - 10:15 Argentine National Day Blue, White,Blue
May 26 9:45 - 10:00 Independence Day of Georgia Red, White
May 27 10:00 - 10:15 National Foster Care Month Blue
May 28 9:45 - 10:00 Menstrual Health Day Red
May 28 10:00 - 10:15 Memorial Day Red, White, Blue
May 29 9:45 - 10:00 VON Week 2021 Blue
May 29 9:00 - 9:15 & 10:00 - 10:15 National Day of the Republic of Croatia Red, White, Blue
May 30 9:45 - 10:00 Light It Teal for Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month Yellow, Teal
May 30 10:00 - 10:15 World MS Day Orange
June 1 9:30 - 10:00 Buffalo Shines with Pride Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink
June 2 10:00 - 10:15 ALS Lou Gehrig Day Purple
June 4 9:45 - 10:00 National Gun Violence Awareness Day Orange
June 4 10:00 - 10:15 11th Annual Italian Heritage Day Red, Green, White
June 5 9:45 - 10:00 Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics Virtual Torch Run Day Red, White
June 5 10:00 - 10:15 World Environment Day Green
June 6 9:45 - 10:00 National Spinal Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Awarenes Week Purple
June 6 10:00 - 10:15 Sweden's National Day Yellow , Blue
June 7 10:00 - 10:15 Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Awareness Week Purple
June 10 9:45 - 10:00 Action Anxiety Day Orange, Blue
June 10 10:00 - 10:15 Portugal Day Red, Yellow, Green
June 11 10:00 - 10:15 Brain Injury Awareness Month Green & Blue
June 17 10:00 - 10:15 CDKL5 Awareness Day Green
June 19 9:15 - 9:30 World Sickle Cell Day Red, White
June 19 Hourly 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 Juneteenth Freedom Day Red, Green, Black
June 20 10:00 - 10:15 World Refugee Day Blue
June 21 9:00 - 9:45 & 10:15 - 12:00am National Indigenous Peoples Day Purple, White
June 21 9:45 - 10:00 Make Music Day Orange
June 21 10:00 - 10:15 ALS Awareness Month & Global ALS Awareness Day Purple
June 23 10:00 - 10:15 Gobal HHT Awareness Day Red, Blue
June 28 Hourly (30 minutes) 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 Niagara Pride and Stonewall Commemorations Rainbow
June 29 10:00 - 10:15 World Scleroderma Day Blue
June 30 10:00 - 10:15 AMC Awareness Day Blue
July 1 10:00 - 10:15 Canada Day Red, White
July 4 10:00 - 10:15 Independence Day Red, White, Blue
July 5 10:00 - 10:15 National Injury Prevention Day Green
July 14 10:00 - 10:15 Bastille Day Blue, White, Red
July 22 10:00 - 10:15 World Fragile X Day Teal
July 23 10:00 - 10:15 Egypt's National Day Red, White, Black
July 25 10:00 - 10:15 Julia's Journey (Help a Child Smile & Ronald McDonald House of Hamilton) Green, Pink
July 28 9:45 - 10:00 World Hepatitis Alliance Green
July 28 10:00 - 10:15 Bicentennial of the Peruvian Independence Red, White
July 31 10:00 - 10:15 Food Day Canada Red, White
August 5 10:00 - 10:15 Light it Up Green for MD Green
August 10 10:00 - 10:15 Ecuador Independence Day Yellow, Blue, Red
August 13 10:00 - 10:15 Brother Sister Community Day Blue, Pink
August 31 10:00 - 10:15 60th Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago Red, White
September 1 9:45 - 10:00 National Day of the Slovak Republic White, Blue, Red
September 1 10:00 - 10:15 Chiari Malformation Awareness Month Purple
September 6 9:00 - 10:00 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Yellow
September 6 10:00 - 10:15 World Duchenne Awareness Day Red
September 7 10:00 - 10:15 Brazillian Independence Day Yellow, Green
September 9 10:00 - 10:15 International FASD Awareness Day Red
September 11 10:00 - 10:15 Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope Teal
September 15 9:30 - 9:45 World Lymphoma Awareness Day Red
September 15 9:45 - 10:00 200 Central America Independence Celebration Blue, White, Blue
September 15 10:00 - 10:15 Mexico Independence Day Green, White, Red
September 16 10:00 - 10:15 Bicentennial celebration of Honduras Independence Blue, White, Blue
September 17 10:00 - 10:15 Conquer Chiari Walk/5K Across America Purple
September 18 9:45 - 10:00 Jumpstart Day Red, White
September 18 10:00 - 10:15 National Day of Chile Red, Blue, White
September 25 10:00 - 10:15 Franco-Ontarian Day Green, White
September 30 9:45 - 10:00 National Day of the Republic of Cyprus Yellow, White
September 30 10:00 - 10:15 Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Day Green
October 6 10:00 - 10:15 World CP Day Green
October 7 10:00 - 10:15 International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day Teal
October 12 10:00 - 10:15 World Thrombosis Day Red & Blue
October 13 10:00 - 10:15 #LightUpMBC - Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day Green, Teal, Pink
October 15 9:45 - 10:00 Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day Yellow, Purple
October 15 10:00 - 10:15 Shine a Light on Breast Cancer Day Pink
October 15 10:15 - 10:30 International Wave of Light on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Blue, Pink
October 21 10:00 - 10:15 Light It Up for NDEAM Blue , Purple
October 23 8:45 - 9:00 Commemoration of the "65th" Anniversary of the Hungarian Red, White, Green
November 1 10:00 - 10:15 MADD Canada's 2021 Project Red Ribbon Red
November 2 10:00 - 10:15 Color The World Orange for CRPS/RSD Awareness Orange
November 5 10:00 - 10:15 CRPS Awareness (Ian Potts Foundation) Orange
November 11 Hourly 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 & 11:00 Remembrance Day Red
November 11 Hourly 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, 9:15, 10:15 & 11:15 Veterans Day Red, White, Blue
November 18 9:30 - 9:45 Latvian Independence Day Red, White, Red
November 18 9:45 - 10:00 World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day Purple
November 18 10:00 - 10:15 National Children's Grief Awareness Day Blue
November 24 10:00 - 10:15 16 Days of Activism Orange
November 25 10:00 - 10:15 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2021 Orange
December 2 10:00 - 10:15 Women’s Brain Health Initiative and Women’s Brain Health Day Purple


NOTE: Illumination times are approximate and subject to change according to light conditions.


HISTORY OF THE ILLUMINATION OF NIAGARA FALLS

Lighting the Falls to allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the mighty Niagara even at night, was first attempted more than 140 years ago. In 1860, a spectacular illumination of the Falls celebrated a visit by the Prince of Wales. About 200 coloured and white calcium, volcanic and torpedo lights were placed along the banks above and below the American Falls, on the road down the bank of the Canadian side of the gorge and behind the water of the Horseshoe Falls. The lights were called Bengal lights and were the kind used at sea to signal for help or give warning.
 

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