Between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. EST, the top of the building will pulse a red light, mimicking the pulse of a heartbeat, in memoriam of all Americans who lost their life to COVID-19.
The Empire State Building has always, and will always, symbolize the hope and resilience of our great city and its people.
Anthony E. Malkin
The light show will be accompanied by Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind," which can be heard on iHeartMedia New York’s Z100 radio station.
This isn't the first time the Empire State Building has showcased its iconic heartbeat lighting.
For several months during the worst of COVID-19 in New York, the building glowed red in solidarity with emergency workers and the millions of people who were affected by the virus.
"PIC (Presidential Inaugural Committee) is inviting cities and towns around the country to join Washington, D.C. in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET in a national moment of unity and remembrance," a press release announced.
In D.C., the ceremony will feature lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool — its first-ever lighting to memorialize lost American lives.