Have fourth of July plans yet?  Escape the crowds of the big city and experience a truly Alaskan celebration in the quaint, glacier-side town of Glacier View, Alaska!  Hidden in the Matanuska Valley about 2 hours North East of Anchorage, Glacier View has an abundance of Alaskan adventures just waiting to be had on this upcoming Independence Day!


Rather than the typical fireworks display, Glacier View has a slightly different tradition to celebrate the fourth.  How does watching a car being launched off a three-hundred foot cliff right next to the Matanuska River sound?  What about a flyover from the Kingdom Air Corps?  These, along with a parade and a community potluck and BBQ are taking place on the fourth to celebrate one of America’s most important holidays.  People travel from around the globe to see these cars fly, and many come back year after year!  Get in on one of the state’s best kept secrets to experience the Matanuska in a truly American way.


But of course, the town of Glacier View has much to offer once the celebrations have come to a close. Spend the day on a helicopter viewing the magnificent Matanuska Glacier from a perspective seen by so few.  Looking for more adventure?  Book a fly-in fly-out helicopter trek or ice climbing trip with Matanuska Glacier Helicopters and MICA guides to experience crevasses and moulins (and maybe even ice caves!) up close and personal.  MICA Guides spend nearly every day out on the Matanuska glacier, and each one of them know some of the best places on the glacier to explore.  Book helicopter tours fast, because they are sure to go!  If not from the sky, MICA Guides also offers trekking and climbing opportunities right out of their own base camp.


After a long day out on the helicopter and on the ice, you may want to wind down in comfort.  At Alpenglow Luxury Camping you will fall asleep beneath a magnificent canvas tent with a plush memory foam mattress and fluffy comforters to keep you warm.  In the evenings, spend time around the campfire or in a handmade cedar hot tub taking in the late hours of daylight.  In the mornings sip your coffee with magnificent views of the Matanuska Glacier and the Chugach Range, then, stroll down to the kitchen for a complimentary breakfast prepared specially by the owner.


If you are still doubting your decision, check out the car launches and celebrations for the fourth in Glacier View on YouTube.  It will sell itself!  Join us this fourth for a mighty Matanuska celebration in the heart of the valley!