Watch as an Alaskan town celebrates the 4th of July by throwing 13 cars off a cliff

Watch as an Alaskan town celebrates the 4th of July by throwing 13 cars off a cliff

glacier view fourth of july car show

Glacier View River Retreat

  • Glacier View River Retreat near Anchorage, Alaska hosts a fascinating event every July 4th: launching cars, trucks and vans off a cliff and down 300 feet to their doom.
  • The tradition started in the early 2000s when someone hit a moose and had to dump the wrecked vehicle. This someone had an imagination and it was all downhill.
  • They love nature in Alaska, so it goes without saying that when the party is over, what’s left of the vehicles goes to recycling.

    This Fourth of July tradition is a little Evel Knievel, a little Demolition Derby, and 100 percent awesome. Where other cities gather to watch fireworks and eat hot dogs to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Alaskans in and around Anchorage travel to the Glacier View River Retreat in Glacier View, Alaska to watch the cars are launched from a 300-foot-high cliff. you don’t believe me See for yourself:

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    No Alaskans were harmed in the making of this video. In fact, the cars starting system is completely inoperative. Car and Driver spoke with Arnie Hrnchir, one of the founders of Glacier View River Retreat and organizer of the event, and he explained that they have two launch tracks: one with a rail that attaches to the steering arm of the vehicles, and another where you strap the steering wheel straight with ratchet straps and open the throttle.

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    As if that wasn’t cool enough, the cars are painted with some wacky paint. Many of the 13 vehicles that were launched from the cliff this year featured red, white and blue along with patriotic slogans, but others were customized to represent the community. Above are photos of a few of the cars courtesy of Ice Monkey Garage, a local custom shop.

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    Some even came all the way from Reno, Nevada as part of the Carnage Caravan. The one below was painted by residents of Maple Springs of Palmer, a nursing and rehabilitation community outside of Anchorage.

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    The Glacier View Fourth of July car show began in 2005, according to Hrncir, and began in a way that could only happen in Alaska. In 2003, his wife ran a moose into their Volvo and he eventually got tired of working on the car. What to do with a total Volvo? Place a rock in the trunk and drop it off a cliff. obviously.

    However, it has now evolved over the years to become an Independence Day event dedicated to what Hrncir calls ‘F Day’.

    “F Day stands for freedom, faith, family, food and fun,” he said, “We’re celebrating a birthday [for the U.S.].”

    He also emphasized the importance of honoring veterans at the event, noting that they recognize veterans’ contributions to this country “over and over again” throughout the day.

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    Glacier View River Retreat

    After the birthday party is over, the cars are loaded onto 18-wheelers and taken away for recycling, because the second best way to celebrate America the Beautiful—after driving cars, of course—is to honor its natural beauty by keep clean.

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