Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 with pomp and circumstance

With the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge set for Sunday, drivers were being reminded to steer clear of the landmark span that evening, when an all-out fireworks show will cause a one-hour traffic shutdown.

By Catharine M. Hamm Los Angeles Times Travel editor That's because the bridge will be closed from 9 to 10 pm on Sunday, thanks to the fireworks display. Expect "very heavy traffic and major delays after 10 pm,” the website said.

On May 27, 1937, the public for the first time could drive, walk, or bicycle directly from San Francisco to Marin County in the north. Now, 110000 cars pass over the bridge a day. Read this blog post by Daniel Terdiman on Tech

Friday's festivities unveiling new visitor facilities at the bridge also kicked off a weekend of celebrations marking the crossing's 75th anniversary.

Historical shots taken by aerial photographer and Oakland native Clyde Sunderland (1900-1989).

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