Various cities across the country have jumped on the bandwagon of finding events, special observances, and holidays, to light up one of the more popular locations in their city.

They do this to help show support for whatever the event may represent or stand for. Whether it's a popular building structure, a landmark, a park, a tower, or a bridge, cities have found their own unique ways to get involved.

For example, if you happen to be driving around the Cedar Rapids area during the end of May, you'll be able to catch the Alliant Energy Building lit up in different school colors, for the last 10 days of the month. The Alliant Energy Building is doing this to celebrate the graduation of these various high schools.



Waterloo began a lighting project of its own, dating back to last summer, and the city will be putting that project to pretty good use on Thursday, June 1.


In a press release by the City of Waterloo, "a bridge lighting celebration of the 4th Street Bridge is set for Thursday, June 1, at 8:45 pm and the public is invited." The Waterloo River Lights Experience is another phase in the Veterans Way Art and History Walk.

The event begins at 7 pm at Anton's Garden, which is an outdoor beer garden on Sycamore Street. Attendees can expect to have some fun as the bar will be open and there will be food and music. At 8:45, guests will head over to the Vietnam Memorial Monument, where speakers will highlight the uniqueness of the bridge lights installation, which has been designed to both honor veterans and entertain spectators.

There will be an evolving light display, a ribbon cutting, and a light show which begins at 9:15. Guests will hear from a variety of speakers including; Mayor Quentin Hart, Light Show Designer Rob Shakespeare, and Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs Director Yolando Loveless, to name a few.

I spoke with Tara Thomas-Gettman, who is the Director of Strategic Communication with the City of Waterloo and she told me it's going to be a pretty special event.

This celebration will be the first opportunity to see the bridge light show in its full illumination. You can picture a small version of the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas, right here in eastern Iowa. It's not just colorful lights that light up either, there will be movement to the lights and it's really more like a full on show.

Mark your calendars for June 1, as this sounds like a light show Iowans won't want to miss.

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