Thousands of people flocked to San Francisco’s waterfront and onto Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday to celebrate the bridge’s 75th birthday.
The daylong party attracted pleasure boats, tugboats and other vessels as people on shore enjoyed a number of events stretching from Fort Point south of the bridge to Pier 39 along The Embarcadero. Many walked and biked across the bridge before nightfall when they watched a fireworks display over the bridge.
The crowd gathered on blankets along Crissy Field and observation points around the Bay Area to watch the 20-minute fireworks display, which capped the three-day celebration.
The show included songs such as “If you’re going to San Francisco” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and extended to the waterline of Sausalito and elsewhere in the Bay.
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District officials urged visitors to avoid driving and take public transit, and both the district and Muni provided additional service for the day.
Musical performances continued on three stages throughout the fireworks, including Mickey Hart on the Crissy Field stage immediately after the fireworks end.
Sunday culminated three days of celebrations that began Friday with the ribbon cutting on a new visitors center at the Bridge’s south end.