Light up Lowell

Light up Lowell

Downtown Lowell is home to not one, but two nightly LED light shows! At sundown every day, walk around downtown to see the dramatic lighting of the John E. Cox (Bridge Street) Bridge and the Merrimack Canal. In addition, several architectural treasures have dramatic lighting highlighting their unique features.

John E. Cox Memorial Bridge

Best Viewed from the “Mile of Mills” Merrimack Riverwalk or Kerouac Park

The John E. Cox Memorial Bridge, historically the Central Bridge and informally called the Bridge Street Bridge, is a one of the oldest bridges in Lowell. It is 474 feet long and has more than 220 LED fixtures. Every night at sundown, it lights up with a seasonal show. It also has special holiday shows:

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18

Valentine’s Day

February 14

St Patrick’s Day

March 17

Greek Independence Day

March 25


April 4

Patriot’s Day

April 19

Earth Day

April 22

Memorial Day

May 31

Independence Day

July 4

Lowell Folk Festival

July 23-25

Breast Cancer Awareness

October 1


October 31

Veteran’s Day

November 11


November 28-December 6


December 25

Merrimack Canal

Best Viewed from Lucy Larcom Park

The mills along the banks of the Merrimack River once hummed relentlessly, turning out more textiles than anyplace else on earth. But that was a long time ago. Starting in the 1920s, the mills that had made Lowell an industrial powerhouse since the time of the American Revolution fell silent, leaving the city’s once bustling canal virtually empty. The waterway remained that way for decades until recent efforts to turn it into a tourist attraction began bringing people to the area. Now Lowell’s canal has taken another colorful step on its comeback trail, thanks to an artfully designed lighting display. (From Catch it every night starting at sundown.