I doubt that anyone could imagine San Francisco without its iconic landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, it’s one of the “Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World.” It’s one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, probably the most photographed, and after one glance at the bridge, you can see why. What’s difficult to believe is that just seventy-five years ago, the Golden Gate Bridge did not yet exist.
May 27, 2012 marks the Golden Gate Bridge’s official 75th birthday bash, and people will be celebrating at the Golden Gate Festival all over San Francisco’s waterfront. The festivities include an art exhibit at Fort Point, a futuristic fair at Crissy Field, dance and music performances at Crissy Field and Marina Green, a vintage car show at Crissy Field, a historic watercraft parade at St. Francis Yacht Club, and to cap the event off, a spectacular fireworks show around the bridge. This kind of event attracts tens of thousands of people, so if you don’t want to brave the crowds, here are some other ways you can wish the Golden Gate Bridge a very Happy Birthday:
- Head over to the nearby Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito; they’re saying Happy Birthday to the Golden Gate Bridge all week long with arts and crafts for kids.
- See the big red bridge on the silver screen at The Bridge on the Big Screen, a film festival featuring seven movies starring the Golden Gate Bridge, from May 26 through Sept 15 at The Walt Disney Family Museum and the Presidio Main Post Green.
- Grab your own picnic lunch, head to the Marin Headlands, or the San Francisco’s Lands End Trail, and enjoy picture-perfect views of the bridge, without the crowds.
- Walk across the bridge! There’s a parking lot on either end, and it takes about 20-30 minutes from end to end, depending on how long you stop to gawk at the towers and take photos. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers!