Light It Up Green!

The famous Welcome sign in Las Vegas illuminated green for St. Patrick's Day.

Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative will celebrate its 12th year on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 with sites all over the world going green on St. Patrick’s Day.

The first Global Greening initiative took place on March 17, 2010 with the iconic Sydney Opera House being illuminated green. Since then sites all over the world have joined in the initiative and this year there are a record number of locations around the world going green. On St. Patrick’s Day, there will be almost 700 sites in 66 countries that will take part in the Global Greening initiative with over 300 locations being illuminated green for the first time in 2021.

Sydney Opera House. Photo courtesy of Tourism Ireland.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “2021 marks the 12th year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, and each year I am delighted to see so many attractions and landmark sites wishing to get involved and to mark St Patrick’s Day. More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage. This year, in particular, we aim to bring some positivity and hope to our Diaspora across the globe. At a time when Irish people overseas cannot travel home, we want to shine a green light in as many locations around the world as possible, giving our Diaspora a sense of connection with home and reminding them that we cannot wait to welcome them back, as soon as it is possible to do so.

The United States will have over 80 sites illuminated from coast to coast with half being illuminated for the first time this St. Patrick’s Day including the University of Notre Dame, Longfellow Bridge in Boston, City Hall in Atlanta to name just a few.

Below is a list of sites around the United States that will be illuminated for St. Patrick’s Day. If you visit any of these sites please be safe, wear a mask, and social distance. To see different sites around the globe illuminated on St. Patrick’s Day follow Tourism Ireland on Twitter at @TourismIreland. Share your pictures and videos on social media using the hashtag #GlobalGreening.

Empire State BuildingFordham University, New York
New York Irish Center
The Oculus, New York City
Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
Butterfly Bridge, Austin
Fairmont Hotel, Austin
Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Bloomington
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Boston
Longfellow Bridge, Boston
Northeastern University, Boston303 East Wacker, Chicago
875 North Michigan Avenue (John Hancock Center), ChicagoAuditorium Theatre, Chicago
Chicago Board of Trade building
Civic Opera House, Chicago
Gaelic Park, Chicago
Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago
Kimpton Gray Hotel, Chicago
Novak Construction, Chicago
Prudential Plaza, ChicagoState Street, Chicago
Soldier Field, Chicago
The Heritage at Millennium Park, Chicago
The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
United Center, Chicago
Wrigley Building, ChicagoXavier University, Cincinnati
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Terminal Tower, Cleveland
SUNY Cortland 
St. Norbert College, De Pere
City Hall, Dublin
Dublin Wave Waterpark, Dublin
Emory & Henry College, Emory
George Mason University, Fairfax
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield
The Fountain, Fountain Hills 
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu
City Hall, Houston
University of Indianapolis
New Jersey City University, Jersey City
‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
Eiffel Tower replica, Las Vegas
High Roller at The LINQ, Las Vegas
La Concha Visitors Center, Las Vegas
The Venetian, Las Vegas
Randolph College, Lynchburg
Maryville College, Maryville
Cleveland
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington
St. Norbert College, De Pere
Marquette University, Milwaukee

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New OrleansNiagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
Salve Regina University, Newport 
University of Notre Dame, Notre DameUniversity of Mississippi, Oxford 
Avenue of the Arts, PhiladelphiaBoathouse Row, Philadelphia
Centre Square, PhiladelphiaCira Centre, Philadelphia
FMC Tower, PhiladelphiaIndependence Blue Cross, Philadelphia
Parkway Central Library, PhiladelphiaPECO building, Philadelphia
Saint Joseph’s University, PhiladelphiaThe Bellevue Hotel, Philadelphia
Two Liberty Place, PhiladelphiaWells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, Phoenixore River Bridge, Quincy
San Antonio River Walk, San AntonioCity Hall, San Francisco
Coit Tower, San FranciscoOracle Park, San Francisco
City Hall, San JoseCity Hall, Santa Monica
Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier, Santa MonicaUniversity of Scranton
Swarthmore College, SwarthmoreWashburn University, Topeka
Carroll University, WaukeshaKing’s College, Wilkes-Barre
University of North Carolina Wilmington, WilmingtonKenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, Worcester
City Hall, AtlantaUniversity of New Mexico, Albuquerque

If St. Patrick’s Day has you thinking about your next trip to Ireland visit Ireland.com to get inspired for travel when the time is right.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

One Response to “Light It Up Green!”

  1. Joan Moody says:

    The Tower of the Americas will also be green for this evening. This is located in San Antonio, Texas.

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