Posted by on October 4, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

( – San Francisco’s Pier 39 is celebrating its 39th anniversary today with a ceremony attended by the mayor and other local officials.

The tourist attraction, which opened on Oct. 4, 1978, features a variety of shops, restaurants and attractions — namely the California sea lions that sun bathe on the docks beside the pier.

Dianne Feinstein, then the city’s Board of Supervisors president and later its mayor and now one of California’s two U.S. senators, attended the 1978 Pier 39 ribbon-cutting in a swimsuit as part of a bet with developers on whether it would open on time.

At today’s 10 a.m. ceremony to commemorate its 39th anniversary along the city’s northern waterfront, Mayor Ed Lee, state Assemblyman David Chiu and Port of San Francisco executive director Elaine Forbes are scheduled
to attend.

This month will wrap up 39 weeks of celebrations of Pier 39’s 39th anniversary in 2017.

Along with various Fleet Week events this week, including a chance to meet the Blue Angels pilots on Saturday evening, a “39th Birthday Bash” is scheduled for Oct. 14 with live music and a 9 p.m. fireworks show over the Bay.

More information about events at the pier can be found at