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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.

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