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Thursday, May 3, 2012

San Francisco Icon Celebrates Diamond Jubilee

On May 27, 2012, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge turns 75, marking the day in 1937 when "the bridge that couldn't be built" officially opened to worldwide acclaim. 
A multi-faceted Diamond Jubilee program is planned. This includes a grand public festival spanning the San Francisco waterfront from Fort Point (below the Golden Gate Bridge) to Pier 39, in addition to robust improvements to enhance the visitor experience at the iconic span.
Under the theme "Bridging Us All," the Golden Gate Festival is the center point of the Bridge's year-long 75th anniversary program. 
Harkening back to the spirit of the Golden Gate Fiesta when the Bridge opened on May 27, 1937, highlights of the 2012 celebration include an historic watercraft parade, multiple music and dance stages, art installations, history and educational presentations, display of cars from 1937 to the present, and Bridge-related activities on Crissy Field and the Marina Green.  
These activities will be complemented by Bridge-themed events and performances at waterfront venues including Fort Mason Center, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier 39, among others.  At approximately 9:30pm, the celebration will conclude with a spectacular 75th anniversary fireworks display and grand finale.  
In addition to the Golden Gate Festival, the year-long 75th anniversary features 75 Tributes to the Bridge, a year-long series of public programs presented throughout the Bay Area; renovation of the historic Round House and construction of a new visitor Pavilion; and enhancements to the Bridge Plaza and Golden Gate National Recreation Area parklands on both sides of the span. 
For additional information and all public inquiries, please visit www.goldengatebridge75.org.
For more information about top events in California take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in California.