Town celebrates July 4 with bubble packaging, not fireworks

Posted at 8:01 AM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 08:01:11-04

DOWNIEVILLE, CA (KCRA/CNN) – A small town celebrated the Fourth of July not with fireworks but by rolling out a massive carpet of bubble packaging material for residents to stomp on.

With a population of 280 people, the town of Downieville, CA, holds the “ultimate small-town parade” on America’s birthday.

But the town borders the Tahoe National Forest, and setting off fireworks could spark a wildfire.

So, a Downieville couple, Ingrid Larsen and Dan Farrington, started a new tradition almost 15 years ago.

Every year, two rows of bubble packaging material line Main Street, and residents stomp down the 250-foot carpet, creating a different kind of crackle and pop.

The tradition gets high reviews from most Downieville residents, and Farrington says the idea is catching on across the country. Other small towns surrounded by forest have reached out to use their bubble packaging celebration.

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