This 4th of July, the Empire State Building bathed in LED lights with 16 million colors offering an ultimate visual treat to new Yorkers and the world.
But the world’s famous building caught everyone’s attention as the light display was orchestrated alongside Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks over the Hudson River making it even more spectacular.
“I know the Macy’s fireworks are amazing but the Empire State Building lights are stealing the show!!” one viewer posted on Twitter.
The LED extravaganza featured a one-of-a-kind musical mash-up of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.
Anthony E. Malkin of the Empire State Building (ESB) started exploring the idea of replacing the old floodlights with LEDs several years ago, while on a trip to China. “I was impressed by the skyline of Hong Kong and Shanghai,” he explains. “The Empire State Building being the iconographic feature of the New York skyline, I thought that we really needed to up our game.”
New Yorkers are used to seeing Empire State Building illuminated with different colors for events and special days during the Super Bowl or the Subway Series, St. Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July and Valentine’s Day. But this Fourth of July collaboration with Macy’s was by far the biggest, most visible display yet.
“What is the Empire State Building at the end of the day except a giant stage? And New York City and the tri-state area is a big theater,” said Malkin.
For those who prefer to see a more subdued palette on the ESB, the schedule for lighting on the building calls for all white until the end of the month.
Take a look at the video below: