Shining a light on healthcare heroes

Philly Shines Blue credit Center City District
PHOTO: Center City District

Brighter days are ahead. 

And in the meantime, Philly is shining extra bright at night. 

Thanks to the collaboration of the City of Philadelphia, the Building Owners and Managers Association of Philadelphia, the Parkway Council and the Center City District, iconic buildings and landmarks throughout the City of Brotherly Love are shining blue to honor healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“This is an important way for our industry and our great city to send a heartfelt and collective ‘thank you’ to the entire health care community — locally, regionally and nationally — as they work tirelessly to fight this pandemic and keep us safe,” Kristine A. Kiphorn, BOMA Executive Director, said in a statement. 

PHOTO: Judi Rogers

The effort began on Tuesday, April 7, in honor of World Health Day and will continue on Tuesdays throughout the month. Participating locations include The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boathouse Row, Love Park, University of the Arts, One Liberty Place, Lincoln Financial Field and many others. 

As of Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced 427 additional presumptive confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the city’s total to 6,813. The City of Philadelphia has reported that 711 patients with COVID-19 are being treated at city hospitals. 

“The selfless health care workers who are on the front lines of this public health crisis are true heroes,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement. “The act of lighting our city up in blue is a small but highly visible way to express our support and appreciation during this trying time. We want Philadelphia’s health care workers to know we are thinking of them and are eternally grateful for the sacrifices they are making each day.”

To view drone footage of the Philly Shines Blue initiative, visit

PHOTO: Judi Rogers

Participating locations: 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Boathouse Row

The Franklin Institute

Moore College of Art and Design

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Free Library of Philadelphia (Parkway Central)

The Windsor Suites

Love Park

Park Towne Place 

The Four Seasons Hotel

The Bellevue 

University of the Arts 

215 Building 

Land Title Building 

North American Building 

Wells Fargo (123 S. Broad St.)

The 1401 Building 

1835 Market 

Centre Square 

PECO Building 

Loews Hotel 

One Liberty Place 

Two Liberty Place

Commerce Square 

Cira Centre 

FMC Tower at Cira Centre South 

Lits Building 

Pennsylvania Convention Center 

The G. Fred DiBona Building 

The Phoenix 

The Griffin 

Three Logan Square

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

BNY Mellon Center 

Dilworth Park 

The Wanamaker Office Building

Citizens Bank Park

Wells Fargo Center

Lincoln Financial Field

American Water HQ (Camden, NJ)

Laurel Hill Cemetery

Hilton Penn’s Landing

Subaru Park (Philadelphia Union Stadium – Chester, PA)

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