Bridging Us All: Golden Gate Festival Spans The Waterfront MAY 27, 2012

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2012

Public Information for the Official 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO, CA:  It’s countdown to the celebration of the year as the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy—in cooperation with the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, and the City and County of San Francisco—bring the world together for the Golden Gate Festival on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

Marking the official 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, tens of thousands of participants are expected at the historic celebration along the San Francisco waterfront.  Although crowds will be dependent on weather conditions, organizers are planning for heavy traffic delays and congestion throughout the City. 

Below please find information and resources for the public to keep in hand surrounding the Bridge’s spectacular 75th birthday party.


Date: Sunday, May 27, 2012
Hours: 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Admission: FREE
Locations: Fort Point, Crissy Field, The Preisdio and Marina Green. (Anniversary activities will also be held at Fort Mason Center, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime Historical National Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Pier 39.)
Event Parking: None
Access Options: Public Transit, walk, bike (see more below).


  • Fireworks, 9:30–9:50 pm. Spectacular grand finale showcasing the Bridge, Bay and surrounding national parklands. Optimum visibility along the waterfront from Fort Point to east Marina Green. The hills above Marina/Cow Hollow and in the Marin Headlands also provide stunning views.Soundtrack aired live on KFOG 104.5/97.7FM. (Note: Fireworks will not be televised and will not be visible from Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39 south down the Embarcadero.)
  • International Orange Artists’ Exhibition at Fort Point, 10 am–7 pm.
  • Crissy Field Stage highlighting dance, music and local bands, 11 am–11 pm.
  • Road Trip through History featuring vintage cars and motorcycles from 1937 to the present. East Crissy Field, 11 am–5 pm.
  • Crissy Field Center Future Fair with activities and demonstrations showcasing sustainability technologies and innovations in the pioneering spirit of the Bridge. East Beach, 11 am–7 pm.
  • Vintage Maritime Display and Historic Watercraft Parade with classic boats spanning 75 years.  St. Francis Yacht Club, 11 am–3 pm.
  • Marina Green Stage featuring dance and music organizations and local bands.  West Marina Green, 11 am–10 pm.
  • Marina Green, Crissy Field and Golden Gate Bridge Plaza retail outlets offering Official 75th Anniversary merchandise. Various waterfront locations, 10 am–8 pm.
  • Additional anniversary activities will also be held at various locations along the San Francisco waterfront as part of the year‐long Golden Gate Bridge 75 Tributes program. For a full list of community tributes visit


  • Please do not drive! No public parking will be available in the Presidio, Crissy Field, or Marina Green.
  • Expect severe traffic congestion and potential gridlock throughout the day and across the City, and especially after the fireworks conclude.
  • Plan now to take public transit, walk or bike to the Festival, and plot your route beforehand.
  • Free bicycle parking will be available. Bring your own lock.
  • There is NO BRIDGE WALK. The Golden Gate Bridge roadway will remain open to cars although traffic will be interrupted during the fireworks show at 9:30 pm.
  • The Bridge’s east and west pedestrian and bicycle sidewalks will be accessible during the day but will close at 6 pm. The sidewalks will reopen to pedestrians and bikes from 10:00 pm–midnight.
  • Presidio gates will be open only to RESIDENTS pedestrians, bicycles, transit, taxies and shuttles.
    All private vehicle access into the Presidio will be by pre‐issued access pass only. Marina gate is open only to emergency vehicles.
  • Trip planning and traffic updates are available through 511 (711 for TDD) or

For complete Golden Gate Festival public information, including transit options, entertainment schedules and additional event recommendations, please visit  

Media Contacts

David Shaw, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy 415-561-3064, Mary Currie, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District 415-317-2222,



About the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary
The 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge is a project of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in collaboration with the National Park Service and The Presidio Trust. The year-long celebration and visitor services improvements are funded by private contributions, with major underwriting provided by Wells Fargo, Genentech, HP, and Kaiser Permanente. Anniversary events include The Golden Gate Festival along the San Francisco waterfront on May 27, 2012; 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

About the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
The Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. The Conservancy is an authorized “cooperating association” of the National Park Service, and is one of more than 70 such nonprofit organizations working with national parks around the country. To learn more, please visit or call (415) 561-3000.

About the National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America’s most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures. The NPS manages the Golden Gate National Parks, as well as 394 other park sites across the U.S. For more information, visit or call (415) 561-4700.