One of my most memorable moments growing up in High School was the lighting of the Golden Gate Bridge on May 24, 1987 in celebration of the 50th Anniversary. I remember “running” from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Marina, dodging tourists and residents all along the path through countless clouds of pot smoke and the glow of flickering campfires on the beach. I could see across the bay where people were also gathered along the shoreline to witness this and the fireworks barge in the water. Earlier in the day, over 300,000 people participated in the Bridge Walk.
The whole time I was running, I had the song “Lakeside Park” by Rush running through my head the whole time. This verse from that song fit the occasion perfectly:
Everyone would gather on the 24th of May
Sitting in the sand to watch the fireworks display
Dancing fires on the beach, singing songs together
Though it’s just a memory, some memories last forever.