From a vintage car show to art exhibits and fireworks, there are plenty of reasons to attend the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary celebration May 27.
Just don’t plan on driving there.
Bridge officials are urging festival-goers to walk, ride bikes or take public transit to events planned at Crissy Field. Parking is expected to be extremely limited and planned road closures will have motorists mired in traffic.
“We want this to be a celebration,” said Capt. Amy Mangan of the California Highway Patrol, “not some story 10 years down the line about someone getting stuck in a car all day.”
The Golden Gate Transportation District plans to increase bus and ferry service. Muni also will ramp up service, adding buses to the 22-Fillmore, 28-19th Avenue and 30-Stockton lines while running express service on the 47-Van Ness. BART will also run longer trains.
Except for residents, private vehicles will be barred from entering the Presidio. Buses and taxis will have access. Bridge sidewalks will shut down at 6 p.m., as will Alexander Avenue at the north end of the span.
For security reasons, participants will not be allowed to walk across the bridge — it was allowed for the 50th anniversary — but officials are still expecting tens of thousands of people to show up.
The 75th anniversary will be centered around Marina Green and Crissy Field, with the bridge as a backdrop. Events are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and will culminate with a 9:30 p.m. fireworks show.
Events planned for the Golden Gate Bridge’s anniversary:
- International Orange Artists Exhibition
- Crissy Field and Marina Green stages with dancing and local bands
- Road trip through history featuring future cars
- Crissy Field Center Future Fair
- Vintage maritime display featuring historic watercrafts
- Fireworks display over Bay
Source: Golden Gate Bridge district