Niagara Falls, other landmarks to be lit blue and gold, fireworks scheduled to celebrate end of COVID-19 restrictions

(WETM) – New York landmarks will be lit blue and gold and fireworks are scheduled to set off across the state in celebration of 70 percent of New York adults receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the end of COVID-19 restrictions, some of which have been in place for over a year.

“This is a momentous day, and we deserve it,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday during his announcement.

Gov. Cuomo: State’s COVID-19 mandates are lifted, effective immediately

Firework displays will be held at 10 landmarks beginning simultaneously at 9:15 p.m. at the following sites.


Empire State PlazaAlbany, NY 12228


Binghamton University M Lot4400 Vestal Parkway EVestal, NY 13850

Jones Beach

Jones Beach State Park1 Ocean ParkwayWantagh, NY 11793

Lake Placid

Lake Placid ClubLake Placid, NY 12946

New York City

New York Harbor

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls State ParkGoat Island RoadNiagara Falls, NY  14303


Memorial Park4 Depew Ave.Nyack, NY 10960


Rochester Dome Arena2695 E. Henrietta RdHenrietta, NY 14467


NYS Fairgrounds581 State Fair Blvd Syracuse NY 13209


Downtown Utica100 Whitesboro StreetUtica, NY 13502

The following landmarks will be lit in blue and gold tonight, June 15, in honor of reaching this COVID milestone:

Empire State BuildingOne World Trade CenterGovernor Mario M. Cuomo BridgeKosciuszko BridgeThe H. Carl McCall SUNY BuildingState Education BuildingAlfred E. Smith State Office BuildingState Fairgrounds – Main Gate and Expo CenterNiagara FallsThe “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson BridgeGrand Central Terminal – Pershing Square ViaductAlbany International Airport GatewayMTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station

“472 days ago, it was impossible to fathom that 70 percent of New York’s adults would have received their first COVID vaccination by this point. What felt years away has been accomplished in less than one,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we celebrate lifting restrictions and resuming our reimagined normal, we also reflect on the hard work of New York State’s essential workers and we remember those we lost. New Yorkers have always been tough, but this last year has proven just how tough they are. Congratulations, New Yorkers, on all that your hard work has accomplished.”

All state-mandated COVID restrictions are lifted, effective immediately, across commercial and social settings, including:

Sports and recreationConstructionManufacturingTradeChild careCampsFood servicesOfficesReal estateBuildingsAgricultureFishingForestryAmusement and family entertainmentPersonal care servicesGymsRetailMallsMovie theaters

“Effective immediately, commercial, social, construction — all across the board, businesses are open,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Capacity restrictions, cleaning and sanitizing protocols are gone. It’s up to individuals and places. The CDC and federal guidelines are there for public transit and younger school grades.”

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