Happy 100th, Santa Monica Pier!

Today we're saluting three big things all in a row: Santa Monica Pier, a centennial, and an auspicious date. That one of our city's most famous attractions is turning 100 is big news. And that the celebration is on the ninth day of the ninth month of the ninth year of the millennium feels fun (okay, we know, there's still a tussle about when the millennium actually started, but go with it).

And the Pier is all about fun. In fact, we'll call it a place that is dedicated to fun. And that fun goes into high gear on the evening of Wednesday, September 9th with a full-on, break-out-the-fireworks birthday celebration. The stirring words and the cutting of ribbons and the recreating of historic photos and the brass band tunes start at 6PM. The dance music and the light show and the dramatic, over-the-ocean fireworks begin soon after.

Gulp. We didn't get the Pier anything. What does it like? Is it registered anywhere?

Thank you for everything, Santa Monica Pier. We love the skee ball and the corndogs and the carousel and the automaton, "are-they-looking-at-me?" fortune tellers and the tiny remote control boats and Pacific Park and the Twilight Dance Series. Thank you for keeping a mega megalopolis happy and well-recreationed for very little dough.

We're dusting the beach sand off our hands and raising a rainbow sno-cone in your honor. Cheers! 

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