JAHA is pleased to reopen our museums the week of Jan. 4, after the expiration of Gov. Wolf’s temporary mitigation orders. The Johnstown Flood Museum is open Wed.-Sat. from 10 am-5 pm, and Sun. noon-5 pm. The Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum is open 10 am-5 pm Thurs., Fri., and Sat. All visitors and staff are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Please visit the children’s museum COVID protocols page for more information specific to that museum. Welcome back!

Rent the Lights/Suggest Lighting Occasions

Suggest Lighting Colors or Rent the Lights

Suggesting lighting colors

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association lights the bridge for major religious and secular holidays (such as Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, etc.). We also light the bridge for local charity events and nationwide observances, including health awareness events. These include well-publicized events like Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, World AIDS Day, Pride Month, Light it Blue for Autism, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Olympics, and so on. Our programming goal is to be inclusive, meaningful, and fun.

JAHA recognizes that there are literally hundreds of lesser-known observances. We welcome suggestions of lesser-known lighting occasions that are important to members of the community, and accommodate when we can. Use the form below to make sure we’re aware of the observance that matters to you.

Renting the lights

The lights are also available for rent for private events such as:

  • Memorials
  • Birthdays
  • Pregnancy gender reveals
  • Sports events
  • Wedding anniversaries
  • Corporate events

Multiple color combinations, animations, and effects are possible. The fee for this service is $100 per evening, with additional evenings for $50.

Requests and rentals should be made at least a week in advance, but a month in advance is preferred.

Policy

As a matter of policy, the Johnstown Area Heritage Association does not accept lighting requests or rentals that have political overtones. We have not and would not light for things like:

  • A specific party’s election victory or partisan political rally (for elections, the bridge is red, white and blue.)
  • A political advocacy group or observance
  • The passage of a law or a Supreme Court decision

Memorial lightings for local public figures (such as a first responder who dies in the line of duty) are sometimes arranged, but please understand that we cannot accept requests for most memorial lightings except as rentals.

We reserve the right to refuse any request or rental at our discretion.

Get in touch

Please use the form below to inquire, including the following information:

For a community event or observance:

  • Details about the health observance or community event (when applicable, please include evidence that your observance or event is occurring — for a national observance, this could be a website with details; for a local event, this could include a calendar listing on social media, a flyer, etc.)
  • Preferred colors
  • Your preferred date(s)

For a rental:

  • Details about what the rental is for
  • Preferred colors
  • Your preferred date(s)

Please note that JAHA reserves the right to refuse rental requests as well as suggestions for community events/observances due to conflicts or any other reason at our discretion.