The Golden Gate Bridge one of the modern day wonders of the world in San Francisco celebrates its 75th anniversary. The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge that covers a vast area of the Golden Gate, starting at the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. This bridge links the city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County and world over it is known as a major land mark of San Francisco, California, and the United States.
Plenty of events have been planned to celebrate the 75th anniversary of a land mark whose construction began on January 5, 1933. The project cost more than $35 million and its was carried out by the McClintic-Marshall Construction Co., a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, founded by Howard H. McClintic and Charles D. Marshall, both of Lehigh University.
All those who are interested in attending the 75th anniversary celebrations will get to witness a boat parade and a ballet. The bridge is also going to be decorated in the form of remotely operated mirrors, which will flash narrow beams of reflected sunlight all around the bay. An extravagant fireworks display is also planned which will not be televised.
According to the L.A. Times, the public have an option of arranging their own performance of the project, called Solar Beacon. All they have to do is visit the installation’s website and enter a fixed location and time they want the mirrors to point the sunlight beam in their direction.
Aside from that many other attractions are also planned. The Los Altos Patch writes that: “Various exhibits will be on display throughout the Marina, Presidio and Golden Gate National Park area all day including an orange artists’ exhibition at Fort Point to celebrate the bridge’s distinct coloring, music and dancing at Crissy Field and on the Marina Green, and a vintage maritime display with classic boats that can be viewed from St. Francis Yacht Club.”
During the 50th anniversary celebration, the Golden Gate Bridge district closed the bridge to automobile traffic and allowed pedestrians to cross the bridge. This year bridge officials have also stated that uncontrolled pedestrian access is not being considered as part of the celebration plan. Last time due to heavy traffic the bridge became congested with roughly 300,000 people, causing the center span of the bridge to flatten out under the weight.