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Kobe Bryant Day Celebrated at the Santa Monica Pier

Published on August 24, 2021

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit purple and gold on Tuesday, August 24 in recognition of Kobe Bryant Day.

Kobe Bryant Day (also known as Black Mamba Day or Mamba Day) is being celebrated on August 24 in Los Angele to commemorate the life of Laker legend, Kobe Bryant. The date was chosen as the holiday because of Bryant’s numbers on his jerseys, 8 and 24, as well as it being the day after his birthday, August 23.

Pacific Park will join other LA area landmarks in lighting purple and gold for the evening. The Pacific Wheel will also display Kobe’s jersey numbers “8” and “24”

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Tuesday, August 24. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at

Special Lighting of the Pacific Wheel for Kobe Bryant Day

Tuesday, August 24
dusk (around 7:30 PM) to midnight

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier


See the lights from home at

Pacific Park regularly programs the Ferris wheel to display seasonal programing and themed light designs for holidays and special occasions. The Pacific Wheel’s state-of-the-art lighting package was installed in 2016 and can display over 1.6 million different colors and animate patterns and icons in 24 frames per second. The energy efficient LEDs on the face of the Ferris wheel are powered by solar arrays inside Pacific Park. The light programs are curated and designed by Pacific Park staff. Each design is manually animated; some designs can take hours of programming. The aim is to provide fun, high-energy, and sometimes whimsical designs to entertain guests on the Santa Monica Pier and surrounding beaches.


Feature image courtesy of @tang_sarah_xtc