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Pacific Park Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month with a special lighting of the Pacific Wheel.
Since the early 1990s, the United States has observed Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month each May. The observance is an opportunity for Americans to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Pacific Park will join other landmarks across the country with a special red light program on the world-famous Pacific Wheel on Saturday, May 7, a day commemorating one of the earliest Asians coming to the United States.
May was selected to observe the contribution of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States since the first recorded Japanese national to set foot on American soil was a young fisherman named Manjiro, who later became an influential figure in opening Japan to the west. Manjiro is sometimes referred to as America’s “First Ambassador” to Japan.
This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Saturday, May 7. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at www.pacpark.com/live.