This legendary celebration is canceled for a second year.
San Francisco Recreation and Parks announced yesterday that this year’s 420 celebration, which normally draws thousands of smokers, is officially canceled again due to current regulations on large gatherings.
“Let me be blunt,” said Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “Hippie Hill will be completely inaccessible. Law enforcement will be patrolling the area. It will be a serious buzzkill.”
Good one, Mr. Ginsburg. But he means it – fencing will be installed all around Robin Williams Meadow from the 19th until the 21st to deter any attempted 420 festivities. The City is also increasing police and ranger patrol in the area to disperse anyone trying to bend the rules, and citations may be issued if necessary.
Let’s be blunt: While SF is now in the orange tier, large gatherings still aren’t safe or legal. Roger Williams Meadow/Hippie Hill will be closed on 4/20. You can still celebrate the virtual livestream event from the comfort of your own home here: https://t.co/vzhW2H00bf pic.twitter.com/m2tiofYyTG
— San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (@RecParkSF) April 13, 2021
The City will restrict access to Nancy Pelosi Drive and Bowling Green Drive, except for visitors to the tennis courts and museums. They will also close MLK Jr. Way from Kezar Drive to the botanical gardens.
Office of Cannabis Director Marisa Rodriguez stated, “Following in the successful footsteps of last year’s 420 celebrations, please be responsible and thoughtful of your neighbors. Enjoy a safe and healthy 420 by staying home, ordering product from a locally permitted and licensed retailer and avoid sharing product with others.”
San Francisco’s last 420 celebration, which was in 2019, attracted thousands of attendees following California’s 2018 legalization of marijuana. Hippie Hill has been an unofficial weed spot since the 1970s.
But not to worry! If you’re planning to celebrate 420 at home, you can enjoy free comedy, music, and more at 420hippiehill.com, which is the official organizer of the Golden Gate Park celebration.
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