In 1816, Baltimore became the first city in the United States to install gas street lamps, which allowed Baltimoreans to go about their business past nightfall. In 2016, Light City Baltimore is celebrating Baltimore’s legacy of light with installations and activities throughout the city. We’re opening the Sun’s archives to take a look back at the gas lamps of history — the last were lit in 1957.
Light City Baltimore
Baltimore is one of the latest world cities to be turned on to large-scale artistic light displays. The inaugural Light City Baltimore, modeled after the Vivid Sydney festival in Australia, is planned for seven days this spring. These photos of the Sydney festival and six others around the world offer a glimpse of the type of treatments the Inner Harbor and locations in five city neighborhoods might get.