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Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial Recognized on the Santa Monica Pier

Published on January 18, 2021

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit amber on Tuesday, January 19 in recognition of Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial.

This weekend marks a grim milestone of the global COVID-19 pandemic as over 1 million Angelenos have contracted the illness. In the US, over 20 million people are confirmed to have had coronavirus. The crisis continues to impact the lives of people all over the world.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5:30pm EST, a ceremony in Washington D.C. will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Reflecting Pool to memorialize American lives lost to COVID-19. Cities and towns across the country have been invited to participate and to spread the word. Individuals wanting to participate are invited to light a candle in the window of their home in memory of loved ones lost to COVID-19.

Pacific Park and the City of Santa Monica will join other communities across the country by lighting the Pacific Wheel amber. The light program will also feature messages of thanks and encouragement to front line medical responders.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Tuesday, January 19. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM. See the light program online at

Lighting Event Details


Special Lighting of the Pacific Wheel for as part of the Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial


January 19, 2021
Dusk to midnight (around 5 PM)


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.


Feature image courtesy of @aayuskhjain