On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge, connecting the city of San Francisco to the Marin Headlands, opened to the public. Many San Franciscans celebrated the landmark’s "Pedestrian Day" opening, when people, but no cars, were allowed on the bridge. Visitors walked, skated, ran, and even danced across the bridge, painted bright orange to stand out in the region’s dense fog.
 
The 2.7-kilometer (1.7-mile) suspension bridge was one of the era's biggest engineering and construction accomplishments. In 2010, it was recognized as one of the “Wonders of the Modern World” by the American Society of Civil Engineers. 
accomplish
Verb

to succeed or complete a goal.

celebrate
Verb

to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

city
Noun

large settlement with a high population density.

civil engineer
Noun

person who works in the design and construction of buildings, roads, and other public facilities.

construct
Verb

to build or erect.

dense
Adjective

having parts or molecules that are packed closely together.

engineering
Noun

the art and science of building, maintaining, moving, and demolishing structures.

Noun

clouds at ground level.

headland
Noun

point of land, usually a steep cliff, that descends into a body of water.

landmark
Noun

a prominent feature that guides in navigation or marks a site.

pedestrian
noun, adjective

person who travels by walking.

suspension bridge
Noun

bridge with its deck hanging from cables strung between towers.

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