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Veterans Day 2020 Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

Published on November 5, 2020

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit red, white, and blue on Wednesday, November 11 in recognition of Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.

This year, Pacific Park salutes our veterans with a colorful red, white, and blue display on the Pacific Wheel. This special program features icons representing all 5 branches of the US Armed Forces.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 11. 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 Veterans Day

Dusk to midnight (around 5 PM)

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier


See the lights from home at

Veterans Day Celebrated in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Veteran’s Memorial located in Palisades Park overlooks the beaches and Pier and symbolizes peace and healing. The memorial was installed in 1999 and consists of five granite pillars honoring each branch of our military – the Army, the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force, and the Coast Guards. The pillars were arranged to cast shadows that perfectly align with the path of the setting sun each Veterans Day, which is celebrated every year on November 11th. The memorial is designated as a special place for people to reflect, remember, and show respect for those that gave their lives and those who have returned from battle.

About the Pacific Wheel

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 @peonytea88