We’ve heard of some pretty wild ways to celebrate the Fourth of July across the United States, but, when it comes to the most off-the-wall Independence Day traditions, Glacier View, Alaska may take the cake.
For 15 years, folks have gathered for the Glacier View Car Launch, where vehicles of all kinds get launched off a 300-foot cliff. We’re talking everything from cars, boats, and even stretch limos. Arnie Hrncir is the longtime organizer of the event, and even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Hrncir says that this year’s car launch is still a go.
“It started in about 2005, and one thing led to another and then it’s like we’re always trying to improve every year. We haven’t really have a choice, everybody’s demanding to do this and it’s just another outing for Alaska,” Hrncir told KTUU.
If you think about it, the reason behind Glacier View’s extreme July 4th tradition is pretty clear. Since it doesn’t really get dark in the state of Alaska, they can’t exactly shoot off fireworks. I mean, they could, but it wouldn’t really have the same effect. So, Glacier Viewans (Viewlanders? Viewians?) decided to explore other options to celebrate their American heritage. It turns out that launching cars off clips was the option they landed on, and, honestly, it’s a pretty damn good option if you ask us.
If you’re planning any road trips in the near future, apparently Glacier View, Alaska is one of the best places to really get that adrenaline pumping. Not only do they have river rafting, glacier trekking, and ice climbing, but also, apparently, extreme car launching, too. Hey, they call Alaska “The Last Frontier” for a reason!