Happy 80th Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge!
The Golden Gate Bridge will turn 80 years old on Saturday, May 27, 2017, and the Golden Gate Bridge District is asking the public to help celebrate the milestone by sharing their favorite memories and photographs of the bridge on social media.
While there won't a physical celebration, the District is commemorating this milestone on Facebook with an 80th anniversary event page and on Twitter, using the #GGB80 and #MyGGBStory hashtags. "Each week, we'll share our favorite photos and stories with our many followers and fans, and it's our hope that the international appeal of the Bridge will attract visitors from around the world to join in the fun," the District notes on its website.
The Golden Gate Bridge spans the Golden Gate Strait — the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean — from San Francisco to Marin County. Its distinctive “international orange” color blends well with the span’s natural setting and provides enhanced visibility for passing ships.
The Bridge opened to pedestrians on Thursday, May 27, 1937, and to vehicles the very next day, Friday, May 28, 1937.