The official opening of the
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was celebrated on the morning of November
12, 1936. A ribbon barrier on the Oakland side of the bridge was broken
by Governor Frank F. Merriam, Earl Lee Kelly, Director of Public Works,
and Chief Engineer Charles H. Purcell, as they led an automobile caravan
across the bridge. The four-day celebration that took place on both sides
of the bay included parades and fireworks, regattas, air shows, pageants,
demonstrations, and a fiesta.