What time does the light show start/END?
The approximately ten-minute long Mighty Lights show begins at the top and middle of each hour after sundown until the 10:30pm finale.
In between light shows, the bridge glows a static color. Often these are unique colors that signify awareness for various causes and current events.
Where is the best place to view the lights?
The Mighty Lights are visible across the entirety of the Memphis riverfront, from Martyrs Park to Beale Street Landing and River Garden. The Lookout at the Pyramid and Hu. Roof offer exquisite views from above. For a one-of-a-kind viewing experience, watch the shows on Big River Crossing before its gates close at 10 p.m.
where is the best place to park for the light show?
Ample parking options are available on the cross-streets off Riverside Drive.
Is there an audio simulcast with the Mighty Lights? Can my organization create one?
We don’t broadcast any music in connection with Mighty Lights and aren’t currently planning to add this functionality, but there are plenty of local favorites for you to enjoy while you watch.
can I request a custom light show?
Mighty Lights illuminates Big River Crossing and Hernando de Soto Bridge for organizations, events, and causes that matter to our community. As a privately funded 501(c)3 organization, Mighty Lights uses the revenue from these requests to help support the operation of the bridge lights. If you are interested in customizing the nightly display, please submit our sponsorship information.
Mighty Lights exclusively represents the colors of organizations, businesses, and causes. We have the capability of adding words to the DeSoto Bridge, but these are limited to groups and events that represent the city as a whole. For any personal requests, please consider Dedicating a Light, which allows you to personalize a single Mighty Light with a unique photo and message that’s viewable and sharable through the Mighty Lights website.
It’s between sundown and 10:30pm – why are the bridge lights off?
Due to high barge activity on the Mississippi River, the U.S. Coast Guard occasionally turns off the bridge lights to allow barges to pass underneath with maximum visibility, and the railroad has the capability to dim the lights on Big River Crossing. The bridges should only be dark for 15 minutes, but may be longer due to the needs of the CG or railroad.
Where are the Mighty Lights installed?
The Mighty Lights are installed on the beams and cables of Big River Crossing and the Hernando de Soto bridges along the one-mile Downtown Memphis riverfront.
Why are the Mighty Lights a specific color tonight?
On special occasions, Mighty Lights illuminates Big River Crossing and the Hernando de Soto bridge with the colors of organizations, events and causes that matter to our community. To follow timely announcements about special shows, visit Mighty Lights on Facebook and Instagram.
What is dedicate a light?
Dedicate a light gives you the opportunity to personalize the light, which will be assigned to your dedication for as long as it glows. You can share with friends and family via email and social media.