Watch Alaska Town celebrate the 4th of July by knocking 13 cars off a cliff

Watch Alaska Town celebrate the 4th of July by knocking 13 cars off a cliff

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Glacier View River Retreat

  • The Glacier View River Retreat near Anchorage, Alaska hosts an enchanting event every July 4th: launching cars, trucks, and RVs off a cliff and throwing them 300 feet to their doom.
  • The tradition began in the early 2000s when someone ran over a moose and had to dispose of the wrecked vehicle. That someone had imagination, and it was all downhill from there.
  • They love the great outdoors in Alaska, so it goes without saying that after the party, the leftovers from the vehicles are recycled.

    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 cars being blown by a 300- Foot boat to be launched Cliff. Do not believe me? See for yourself:

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    No Alaskans were harmed in the making of this video. In fact, the system for starting the cars is completely hands-free. car and driver spoke to Arnie Hrncir, one of the founders of Glacier View River Retreat and organizer of the event, and he explained that they have two launch lanes: one with a railroad track attached to the vehicles’ steering arm, and another where they tie that Steering wheel with ratchet straps straight and step on the gas.

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    As if that wasn’t cool enough, the cars are painted with some crazy liveries. Many of the 13 vehicles launched off the cliff this year were liveried in red, white and blue alongside patriotic slogans, but others were personalized to represent the community. Above are images of some of the cars courtesy of Ice Monkey Garage, a local tuning shop.

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

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    The Glacier View Car Launch on July 4th began in 2005, according to Hrncir, and it started in a way that can only happen in Alaska. In 2003, his wife ran over a moose in her Volvo, and eventually he got tired of working on the car. What to do with a total Volvo? Put a rock in the trunk and run it off a cliff. Apparently.

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

    “F Day means freedom, faith, family, food and fun,” he said, “we’re having a birthday party [for the U.S.].”

    He also stressed the importance of honoring veterans to 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 celebration is over, the cars will be loaded onto 18 wheels and taken for recycling because the second best way to celebrate America the Beautiful — after launching cars, of course — is to honor their natural beauty by keeping them clean.

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