Mayor Purzycki Announces “Illuminate Delaware,” for Memorial Day Weekend Hosted by Main Light Industries to Honor Essential Frontline Workers and Fallen U.S. Military Personnel

Post Date:05/20/2020 2:30 PM

City residents and businesses are also invited to “Light it Blue” this weekend

 Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and lifelong City resident John DiEleuterio today invited City residents and businesses to “Light it Blue” this holiday weekend as part of “Illuminate Delaware,” a four-day event sponsored by locally based Main Light Industries, one of the largest rental companies in the United States for lighting, special effects, and video. Several of Wilmington’s iconic landmarks will be lighted for residents to enjoy. The initiative is being coordinated by DiEleuterio, a 17-year Main Light Industries employee, as a tribute to both essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as fallen U.S. military personnel.

“We are all trying to cope with troubling news these days,” said Mayor Purzycki, “which is why I’m especially pleased that John and his fellow lighting and event industry professionals have taken the initiative to brighten everyone’s mood. This is just the kind of positive event that we all need right now.”


The Mayor said City landmarks to be lighted this holiday weekend include The Grand Opera House, the 76ers Fieldhouse, the Waterworks Building on the Brandywine, St. Anthony’s Church, the 1201 Market Street Building, and the law offices of Young Conway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, across from Rodney Square. Other locations around Delaware include the Old State House and Woodburn Mansion/Governor’s House in Dover, and the New Castle Court House Museum in Historic New Castle. Drone photographers and videographers will shoot, film, and document the event.

“I get a ton of joy out of seeing things lit up and I saw this as an opportunity to hopefully make people smile at a time when there really isn’t much to smile about,” said DiEleuterio. “Main Light was gracious enough to donate gear currently sitting idle in our warehouse—professional lights usually reserved for large concerts, theater shows, and special events—free of charge. The live entertainment industry was the first to shut down and will be the last to recover. I work with some amazingly talented people who love the industry as much as I do and who want to continue to use their creativity to entertain. All of us associated with ‘Illuminate Delaware’ are volunteering our time and energy in the hope that our essential employees get a kick out of it and understand how important and appreciated they are.”

The Mayor and DiEleuterio also thanked Electro Sound Systems, BEW Productions, Wake Media, and Spaceboy Clothing for their generous assistance with this project, as well as a sizeable team of volunteers who helped with designing, programming, setting up gear and breaking it all down again.

Residents are invited to drive by and view participating locations, which will be lit up in blue between dusk and dawn on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, then in patriotic red, white, and blue in honor of U.S. Armed Forces personnel on Monday. Everyone in Delaware is invited to participate by lighting your own home or business over the weekend. 

Use the hashtag #illuminatedelaware2020 to share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Help spread the word and join the conversation by visiting the event page on Facebook. To make a financial contribution to “Illuminate Delaware,” visit  GoFundMe at tinyurl.com/illuminatedelaware.

About Main Light Industries
Founded in 1981 by Aidas Gimbutas, Main Light Industries, Inc. is a key provider of entertainment-related equipment, including lighting, special effects, and video to professional production companies worldwide. Main Light prides itself on customer service and technical support, stocking and supplying the best equipment available from major manufacturers in addition to their own award-winning products. Main Light has always been located in Wilmington, Delaware.