SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.–On May 27, 2012 there’s going to be a party for a very special bridge painted “international orange”. Golden Gate Bridge, the most photographed bridge in the world, launched its illustrious career on May 27, 1937 with a party that lasted a week. The bridge’s popularity came not only from its unique looks but the fact that San Francisco and Marin County were now easily accessible to one another. Before my grandmother passed away, she told me how she sailed in the San Francisco Bay when there was no Golden Gate (there weren’t any computers or cell phones, either!)
The debut of this most famous bridge was smooth sailing but not so for the 50th anniversary party which goes down in history among party planners as a big mistake. Around 1 million people came to the party and tried to walk on the bridge–but only 300,000 could fit on it and in so doing caused the center span to flatten due to weight. Oh boy!
Planners for the 75th anniversary party are hosting events in various locations NEAR the bridge (not on it), mostly from vantage points where the Golden Gate can be seen. Dances, concerts, a car show with 1930′s era classics, tours of museums and a big fireworks show are few highlights to the upcoming birthday party, expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people.
For the 75th Anniversary Golden Gate Bridge celebration, get all the nuts & bolts by calling (415) 455-2000 or visiting goldengatebridge75.org .