Visitors to more than 35 iconic American landmarks will see them shine orange for Make Music Day on summer solstice.
Niagara Falls joins other iconic landmarks across the U.S. this summer solstice to celebrate Make Music Day, celebrated annually on June 21st. Other buildings and landmarks include bridges, libraries, monuments, city halls and towers.
Celebrations are to take place in over 80 cities holding more than 4,500 free, musical events including music lessons, jam sessions and concerts.
First launched as France’s Fête de la Musique in 1982, Make Music Day in the U.S. is presented by the NAMM Foundation, a non-profit organization partly supported by the National Association of Music Merchants and its members. The day is coordinated by Make Music Alliance, also a non-profit organization. Their joint aim is to provide a day of free music available to everyone.
The celebration is said to connect people of all ages and skill levels to play and enjoy music. 120 countries worldwide now celebrate the day in 800 cities, attracting the attention of millions of people.
This years’ events will see the American landmarks light up orange to symbolize the sun and the first day of summer. A selection of other non-U.S. destinations will also participate, amongst them Brazil’s Niterói Contemporary Art Museum.
Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Boston, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Hartford, Madison, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salem and Nashville will all celebrate. The line up is expected to hold many impressive events that will bring streets, parks and plazas to life.
U.S. orange landmarks are:
Hillcrest Park Fountain
Rundel Memorial Library
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill and Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridges
City Halls in Boston, Portland, Waterbury and San Jose
Bennington Battle Monument
The Stilts, Clock Tower and Chase Municipal Buildings
One Liberty Place
Gulf, Terminal, FMC, U.S. Bank, Electric and Prudential Towers
The Capital Wheel
Union Street Railroad, Gateway, I-35W, Missouri, The Peace and Prospect Bridges
Milwaukee County Historical Society
Overture Center for the Arts
Rapid City’s Main Street Square
Denton’s Courthouse Square
Downtown Railroad Arches
Long Beach Convention Center