Times of hardship and uncertainty can bring out the best in people, as well as unite communities with a new sense of strength and support. In the past few days, the Sunshine State has been illuminating Florida landmarks and buildings in a beautiful blue light to honor health care and essential workers who have been working tirelessly on the frontlines. From Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena to Cinderella’s Castle, the #LightItUp and #MakeItBlue movement is giving the entire nation a glow up.

Just yesterday, the entirety of Busch Gardens in Tampa lit up, with other local scenes like the Julian B Lane Riverfront Park following suit. Orlando locals even caught the Mall at Millenia, the Ferris wheel at Old Town, and even Cinderella’s Castle taking on indigo hues.

The movement sparked up last week according to CNBC, when infamous icons like Madison Square Garden, Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios California, and even the entire Dallas skyline were illuminated in blue.

Tampa News Channel WFLA reported that the movement was inspired by another campaign called #ClapForOurCareers, which sought to bring people together during the time of COVID-19.

The blue lights are a reminder to all health care and essential workers who are on the frontlines every day that their communities stand behind them and are grateful for their continued sacrifice.

The Paper City tells of the first beacons of the movement being lit in the U.K., where it swiftly spread like a flame of hope and solidarity across the world.

Local restaurants have also been striving to support first responders, like Pincho in Miami who has been offering 50% off meals to hospital workers.

Where else in the Sunshine State have you seen #MakeItBlue on display? You can join in and #LightItUp to show your support for frontline workers everywhere!

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