From the Civil War demonstrations in support of the Union forces (after which it was named) to the concerts, art shows and fashion events of recent years, Union Square is one of the oldest squares on the West Coast. The square reflects the history and soul of San Francisco and has acted as a natural gathering place for locals and tourists alike since it opened in 1847. What started as a sandy hill in a largely residential neighborhood has transformed through the years into the premier shopping destination in the Bay Area.
Many of San Francisco's largest department and specialty stores can be found here, including Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shreve & Company, Gump's, Tiffany's, Cartier and The North Face, and virtually every fashion designer. In fact, the Union Square area has more high-end fashion per square foot than any other retail location in North America.
'Union Square is the heart and soul of San Francisco,' former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. once said. "And not just of our shopping district, but really of the City as a whole. It's the urban magnet that draws people to the majesty and culture that is this great City by the Bay."
The landmark park in the heart of the City, San Francisco's Union Square re-opens after an 18-month renovation with a series of
celebratory events July 25-28, 2002.
Sporting new granite plazas, a new terraced stage on Post St., light sculptures designed by artist R.M. Fischer, a new café
and four grand entrance corner plazas bordered by the park's signature palms, the remodeled square pays tribute to the Square's
distinctive history and captures the unique flavor and beauty of San Francisco.
The focal point is the 97 foot Dewey Monument, build in 1903 to honor Commodore George Dewey's victory over the Spanish in 1898.
Bounded by Powell, Geary, Post & Stockton Streets.