Europe Day NYC: Empire State Building to be lit in blue and yellow on May 8th

On Sunday, 8 May 2022, for the 14th year in a row, the Empire State Building tower will be lit in blue and yellow to celebrate Europe, its citizens, and its culture. The moment is an opportunity to look back on the history of the EU and recognize the importance of its values, which include peace, solidarity and unity in diversity.

The tower, which will be lit on the eve of Europe Day, which is 9 May, will be an eye-catching addition to the New York City skyline.

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About Europe Day

On the 9th of May 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his historic proposal for an integrated European coal and steel community, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration," is considered to be the founding document of what is now the European Union.

By establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) on 25 March 1957 in Rome, the European Union's founding fathers laid the foundations for something greater: an ever closer union that binds together the peoples of Europe in peace, prosperity and solidarity through the four freedoms – the free movement of people, goods services and capital.  These treaties brought peace, prosperity and security to millions of people in Europe.

In 2006 Governor Pataki, State New York, proclaimed the 9th of May as Europe Day in the Empire State.