Special Celebrations for Beloved Golden Gate Bridge
“If You’re Going to San Francisco, Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair”
The evocative and lovely lyric, sung by Scott McKenzie in 1967 is still beautiful and frequently listened to. But, even though the flower-power and hippy era it evokes have faded, San Francisco continues to exert a strong attraction for many types of visitors. And the beloved iconic bridge that was already famous then in 1967 continues to be a strong draw.
This coming Sunday (May 27, 2012) heralds the 75th anniversary of the opening of this famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on May 27, 1937.
The city is planning all kinds of fun events and if you are lucky enough to be in San Francisco at the time you should try to take some of them in.
Here is a great link to various vantage points for viewing the bridge and all kinds of awesome stats (look at the end of the article) about this iconic landmark.
As an example of other activities to sample, the Red and White Fleet will offer special cruises on their ferry boats. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum on the Wharf, close to Pier 39, will showcase a 13-foot model of the Golden Gate Bridge, made of 30,000 toothpicks and glue. The model will be on view at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near the Ferry Building until June 30, 2012. Free and open to the public.
Unfortunately, we will not be in San Francisco at that time, but I can imagine the hoopla and it will be great fun. We’ve been to the city many times over the years, and the Golden Gate Bridge is without doubt a focus for all visitors, even repeat ones like us! One of our favorite vantage points is from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, on the other side of the bridge in the Marin Headlands. We’ll just have to enjoy it vicariously this time!
Here’s the YouTube link to “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”, sung by Scott McKenzie to promote the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. It was written by John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas.