Yesterday, Labor Day 2016, I was reading my online newspaper while enjoying my first cup(s) of coffee when I chanced upon a pleasant, informative article about musician unions in San Francisco.
One of the unionized groups mentioned was the Golden Gate Park Band, which puts on free concerts most Sunday afternoons in the summer and fall. Apparently they always put on a special concert on Labor Day featuring American musical numbers, opening with Aaron Copeland's 'Fanfare to the Common Man' and moving on to folk songs, jazz, medleys from musicals and movies, and ending with a stirring Sousa march.
The day was sunny and warm, and a free outdoor concert at lunchtime sounded like the perfect activity, so off we went, walking into Golden Gate Park via the rose garden, where the scent of roses permeated the warm air. The music was delightful, the little children dancing in front of the band a kick to watch, and everyone appeared to be relaxed and happy.
As we left the park, starting our walk back across town, we went past the roller skating area, where skaters both proficient and a bit shaky on their feet, were skating to their own music.
Yesterday was Labor Day, but you can enjoy a similar afternoon every Sunday in Golden Gate Park. The band concert in the music concourse starts at 1:00 PM.