Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Falls Illumination Board will be illuminating both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls in blue on the evening of May 1st from 9 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. as a symbol of appreciation for doctors on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doctors’ Day occurs every year in Canada on May 1 but holds special significance this year in light of the ongoing public health situation. The illumination is part of a province-wide show of appreciation organized by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) as a way to recognize doctors for their bravery and dedication. Residents on both sides of the border are also invited to participate by turning on the flashlight on their phones and holding it high, through their window, from their balcony, front porch or driveway, for five minutes at 9 p.m. to shine a light for all the heroic work done by doctors.
All special illumination requests are reviewed and approved by the Niagara Falls Illumination Board, which has financed and operated the “illumination of Niagara Falls” since 1925. The Niagara Falls Illumination Board is made up of representatives from the City of Niagara Falls Ontario, City of Niagara Falls, New York, Ontario Power Generation Inc., New York Power Authority, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and The Niagara Parks Commission. It is the Illumination Board’s responsibility and mandate to finance and maintain the nightly illumination of both the Horseshoe and American Falls.