Tower Lights

The colors of the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower lights

As the newest landmark on the West Waterfront of the City of Sturgeon Bay, DCMM is establishing a tradition of changing the colors of the exterior lights of the Maritime Lighthouse Tower to recognize important occasions, holidays, and organizations throughout the year. DCMM decides on the schedule of colors in December, and is able to program the lights for the year, thanks to the state-of-the-art Color Kinetics architectural lighting system installed by Northern Electric Inc. (NEI)

Maritime Lighthouse Tower lights will celebrate and/or commemorate the following:

Martin Luther King Day – Third Monday in January

Human Trafficking Awareness Month – Last week in January

Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27

Black History Month – February

National Wear Red Day – First Friday in February

National Freedom Day – February 1

Valentine’s Day – February 14

Presidents Day – Third Monday in February

Women’s History Month – March

St. Patrick’s Day – March 17

Vietnam Veterans Day – March 29

Sexual Assault Awareness Month – April

Mental Health Awareness Week – May 10

Armed Forces Day & Peace Officers Memorial Day – May 15

NF (neurofibromatosis-type1) Awareness World Light Up Day – May 17

National Maritime Day – May 22

Memorial Day – Last Monday in May

Pride Month – June

Juneteenth – June 19

Independence Day – July 4

Bastille Day (honoring French explorer Jean Nicolet) – July 14

US Coast Guard Birthday – August 4

Suicide Awareness Day – Second Monday in September

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – September 10

Breast Cancer Awareness – October

Dyslexia Awareness Month – October

Domestic Violence Awareness Month/Walk With Me – October 6

Navy Day – October 27

Halloween – October 31

Veterans Day – November 11

Christmas Holidays – December


We are not able to ‘rent’ the tower for light choices to any individual or private party. However, we are open to suggestions for new/different occasions to honor; please email us with your suggestions at

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